There’s more on the link between mild traumatic brain injury – concussions – and post-traumatic stress disorder and other post-deployment health problems in a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The New York Times reported that the study is the Army’s first “large-scale attempt to gauge the effect” of mild head injuries.
Said the Times:
The new report finds that soldiers who had concussions were more likely than those with other injuries to report a variety of symptoms in their first months back home, including headaches, poor sleep and balance problems. But they were also at higher risk for the stress disorder, known as PTSD, and that accounted for most of the difference in complaints, the researchers concluded. Symptoms of the disorder include irritability, sleep problems and flashbacks.