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U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton Opens Up About His PTSD

Rep. Moulton also introduces veteran's mental health proposal



    Seth Moulton Introduces Mental Health Proposal

    The Massachusetts representative and presidential candidate revealed that he suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    (Published Tuesday, May 28, 2019)

    Presidential candidate and Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton opened up about his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder after his time in the U.S. Marine Corps while introducing a plan to expand mental healthcare.

    He said it was a very difficult time in his life and if it wasn’t for the treatment he received back then, he wouldn’t be where he is today. 

    "I had nightmares and things I couldn’t stop thinking about during my time overseas in combat," he said.

    Moulton revealed he had PTSD after his tours in Iraq and routinely saw a therapist until he got better. This is the first time — in the modern era — a major party candidate revealed needing mental health treatment.

    "I hope it serves as an example to others that there are a lot of people who suffer mental health challenges," he said. "These issues are treatable."

    At the Lynn Museum, he introduced a veteran's mental health care proposal. It includes making mental health check-ups routine for active duty military and veterans, funding for yearly mental health screenings for high schoolers and establishing 511 as a national mental health crisis hotline.

    "I think it’s time to completely rethink mental health in America," he said. "And to make it as routinely as physical healthcare."

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