Recent Study Reveals Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Tied to Autoimmune Diseases

Legal Help for Veterans is a law firm helping veterans get the benefits they deserve.

Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 10, 2018 – People dealing with PTSD and other stress disorders have a greater risk of developing autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease and celiac disease, than those who are not, according to a new study.

Researchers compared 106,000 Swedish patients diagnosed with a stress-related psychiatric issue with 126,000 of their siblings and 1.1 million people who did not have a stress-related disorder. They tracked half the subjects for at least a decade. Over the course of the study, published in JAMA, those with PTSD were 46 percent more likely to develop an autoimmune disease than those who did not have PTSD.

“Learning about another potential devastating consequence of PTSD, a condition many of our veterans contend with every day, renews the call for continued research and greater care for those who suffer from the stress disorder,” said Jim Fausone, a veterans attorney at Legal Help for Veterans in Michigan. “Support for our service members should not stop once they leave the battlefield.”

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates PTSD affects about 30 percent of Vietnam veterans, 12 percent of Gulf War veterans and 11-20 percent of veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. For further information on this issue visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

“The main message to patients suffering from severe emotional reactions after trauma or other life stressors is to seek treatment,” lead researcher Dr. Huan Song, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík, said in an email to Reuters. “There are now several treatments, both medications and cognitive behavioral approaches, with documented effectiveness.”

For those who have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder or other stress-related psychiatric issues after having served in the military, contact the attorneys at Legal Help for Veterans to get assistance.

Learn more at http://www.legalhelpforveterans.com

Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC
41700 West Six Mile Road, Suite 101
Northville, MI 48168
Toll Free Phone: 800.693.4800

  • VA Health System Outperforms Other Health Providers
    Jim Fausone, Esq. RAND Corporation conducted a study comparing 135 VA health facilities to other health systems with similar characteristics. The VA systems graded similarly or better in the majority of categories analyzed. While the VA facilities performed well, the results also indicated a high amount of variation between individual facilities. Some facilities care for […]
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Approves Funding for New Veterans Homes
    Jim Fausone, Esq. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs approved funding from the VA State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program to build two new veterans homes in Michigan. One home will be constructed on the existing 90 acre property in Grand Rapids, and another at a location to be determined in Southeast Michigan. The VA […]
  • Veterans health care center closes after deadly hostage situation
    A part of the Veterans Home of California, the Pathway Home in Yountville, California is closing for an unspecified amount of time after employees were taken hostage by a gunman and killed. The home provided academic and vocational care for post-911 veterans in preparation for returning to the civilian world. The Pathway Home’s board of […]
  • Federal Circuit Rules Veterans Can Seek Benefits for Pain Related to Service
    Kristina Derro, Esq. For 19 years, lower court precedent has prevented veterans from obtaining disability benefits based on pain alone. The Department of Veterans Affairs has, until this federal holding, required that pain be attributed to a specific medical diagnosis. Going forward, veterans should be able to obtain disability benefits for pain that is related […]