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Swedish soldier speaks about PTSD

"I always stand with my back against a wall"

Published onsdag 8 augusti 2012 kl 15.53
"My body was aware now we're close to dying"
(6:40 min)
Swedish soldiers in the Isaf force on the plain outside Camp Marma Photo: Henrik Montgomery/Scanpix.

The Swedish Armed Forces says that since it started sending troops to Afghanistan about a decade ago, seven soldiers out of more than 6,000 have come home with something resembling post-traumatic stress disorder.

But Christer Westfahl, aresearcher studying the issue, fears there could be more. He thinks the Armed Forces could be better at preparing soldiers before they go on their tour, and better at taking care of them when they get back.

“When I first brought it up to the officers at the platoon they didn't want to listen,” says Patrik, a Swedish soldier who served in Mazar-i-Sharif for seven months in 2009.

Patrik wants to remain anonymous, but he joined us in the Radio Sweden studio on Wednesday to share his experiences.

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