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03/13/2007 08:18 PM ID: 60972 Permalink   

Mental Illness Prevalent Among Veterans


A study by the Veterans Administration Medical Centre in San Francisco, CA, has determined that of 103,788 records of returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan, 25 percent had a mental health diagnosis.

Of the 25%, half of that group had 2 or more distinct conditions. Furthermore, fully one third of the overall group being examined were affected by at least one psychological diagnosis, most frequently post traumatic stress disorder.

Researchers found little difference in prevalence of diagnoses between gender or ethnic groups, but did find that those aged 18 to 24 years had a significantly higher risk of receiving a mental health diagnosis than
those 40 years or older.

    WebReporter: Mister crank Show Calling Card      
ASSESS this news: BLOCK this news. Reason:
Watching people die will do that to you.
  by: Volkova_Nova     03/13/2007 08:34 PM     
  Just wanted to put in a mea culpa  
A lot of phrases in this article are lifted and
rearranged slightly from the source. I did that because
I didn't want to botch up the medical facts by
interpreting too broadly.
  by: Mister crank     03/13/2007 09:18 PM     
  I'm sure it's out there somewhere..  
maybe even in the source, but I just want to ask this: What's the percentage of military members who haven't seen combat that have "a mental health diagnosis"? Secondly, what's the percentage of Americans with "a mental health diagnosis"?
  by: erasedgod   03/13/2007 09:34 PM     
  Good question.  
I'd also like to know what sort of a percentage that
103,788 record sample is of the entire group of
soldiers who've been sent over so far.
  by: Mister crank     03/13/2007 09:41 PM     
what about the percent that doesn't mention anything. A lot of us don't mention anything is wrong because we don't want to waste time talking to counselors(sp?)
  by: matr1x   03/13/2007 09:58 PM     
The prevelance of mental illness of preservice soldiers is very low. Definitely not any disabling problems. The anxiety is extremely high in war. You have to be constantly aware of your surroundings and obviously seeing a few of your buddies get shot or the like will make the anxiety even worse. So when many come back here they find they can't relax... they have GI disturbances, a huge startle reflex, and some can develop a degradation of their brain from this PTSD. This will make the flashbacks way worse. I am glad at least they are recognizing the problem and attempting to treat it. From what I understand some soldiers do get back to civilian life with this mental disorders and either resolve it to a point they can make it on their own or a family member or friend tells the military about it. I think the military makes it pretty clear to the close friends and family that it is a possibility.
  by: kuhl   03/14/2007 03:04 AM     
  It was recently  
quietly announced in the UK that soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are waiting 18 months for councilling.
  by: Gogevandire   03/14/2007 09:51 AM     
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