The Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) 2014 has recently been released - with results showing that help seeking for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) appears to be up on the previous 2007 survey.
Professor Neil Greenberg, March on Stress Director and Professor of Defence Mental Health at King's College London, said: “This is the best national research into PTSD in England – with the last survey completed in 2007. Overall patterns remain the same as the previous study, however help seeking appears up – only one third were getting any professional help in 2007; now it’s about half.
“The study shows most professional help received was still medication (anti-depressants), which is not a first line intervention; it is unfortunate that evidence-based talking therapy treatments were not used more.
“The survey also showed that about one third of the UK population will experience a traumatic event during their life – a traumatic event is defined as an experience that either puts a person or someone close to them at risk of serious harm or death.
“Notably, using the same measure as is used with military research it shows that about 4.5% of the English population suffer with PTSD – this figure is broadly the same as has been found in the UK military.”
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