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American prison workers have PTSD levels similar to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans




Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental condition that is generally associated with those who have witnessed a terrifying event or been through a terrible ordeal. Veterans and survivors of heinous crimes are frequently diagnosed with this condition, so the recent findings revealed by Washington State University showing the high number of prison employees suffering from this condition has been rather surprising. The study revealed that just under 1 in 5 prison employees, a staggering 19%, were afflicted by diagnosable PTSD. This is a much higher rate of PTSD than what police officers have been diagnosed with and is equivalent to the rate among war veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq.
With the rate of PTSD among the general population being about 3.5%, this statistic of 19% is definitely a cause for concern. What it translates to in simple terms is prison employees have a much higher chance of developing this condition than others, which is about 6 times more.
When one analyzes the environment that prison employees work in, the results should not be all that astonishing. Violence, suffering, mental trauma, and existential crises of prisoners who have been wrongly imprisoned are just some of the situations that prison employees have to deal with every day.

 With the number of prisons and prisoners increasing every day, prison riots and violence are becoming more common. No wonder 15% of the employees that were surveyed reported that they experienced frequent nightmares or flashbacks of things they had witnessed.
These findings were analyzed from the results of tests carried out on 355 employees from the Washington State Department of Corrections. The employees had been surveyed according to a standard PTSD checklist DSM-5. Results were also analyzed from the Critical Incident History Questionnaire.
Between 1990 and 2005, there was a spurt in the number of prisons that were built in the U.S. with a prison coming up in almost every ten days! More prisons meant that more employees were needed to manage them. Prisons today are now being privatized for better cash flow, resulting in a drop in the number of prisons. However, the number of prisoners that America has is quite alarming. Considering that America makes up only about 5% of the world’s population, the fact that it has 25% of the world’s prison population is a disturbing reality. This means that the number of prisoners in America is about 2.25 million, resulting in an average cost of more than $30,000 per year of taxpayers’ money for a single inmate!






American prison workers have PTSD levels similar to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans American prison workers have PTSD levels similar to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans Reviewed by Tim on January 03, 2019 Rating: 5

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