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Published on: May 24, 2018

Not only do veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder often suffer from feelings of anxiety, anger, sadness and guilt, but they are also at risk for increased academic difficulties, a new study found.

Published in the journal Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, the study looked at the effects of military-related PTSD on academic performance. Researchers found military-related post-traumatic stress was linked to higher family distress, lower support from loved ones and consequently, higher academic dysfunction.

"Students with PTSD, in general, have difficulty transitioning back and integrating after being deployed," says Steffany Fredman,the lead author of the study "We looked at how that might interfere with their ability to function as students."

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News Topics: Veterans, Education