New figures show rise in British troops suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder

New rates of British troops suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are nearly four times higher than those seen in 2008, official figures show.

PTSD is a severe type of anxiety that can develop after a stressful or frightening event. Symptoms include flashbacks and insomnia, which can still crop up years after the initial experience. claims a total of 94 servicemen were diagnosed with the mental condition between July and September of last year, almost four times the 25 reported cases recorded in the same period five years beforehand.

According to statistics from the Defence Analytical Services and Advice, troops placed in Iraq or Afghanistan were found to be the biggest contributors to the 305 new cases witnessed in the 12 months to September 2011. This is double the figure of 153 recorded between 2007-2008.

Women were found to be more susceptible to the condition than men. Soldiers, RAF personnel and non-officers were also among the most likely to develop PTSD, and might therefore benefit from counselling courses to tackle their stress.

A spokesman for mental health charity Combat Stress hinted that such types of professional help would be required to address the issue.

"The nation is facing huge numbers of soldiers who will need help overcoming things they've experienced serving their company," he told