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Study: Lack of progress prompts a third of veterans with TBI, PTSD to drop out of treatment

Stars & Stripes: WASHINGTON — Nearly a third of veterans seeking care for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries drop out of treatment, citing a lack of improvement and dissatisfaction with medical providers, according to a new study that reflects the military’s ongoing struggle to bolster its mental health services.

In the survey of more than 3,100 veterans, commissioned by the American Legion, almost 60 percent of those who received behavioral counseling reported that their symptoms stayed the same or worsened during treatment.

The figures were similar among veterans prescribed medication to cope with PTSD and TBI, with 52 percent claiming their condition went unchanged or deteriorated.  To read full article, click here:  http://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/study-lack-of-progress-prompts-a-third-of-veterans-with-tbi-ptsd-to-drop-out-of-treatment-1.290466