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recovering democrat Donating Member (365 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-04 06:39 PM
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7. Related PTSD study
Edited on Sun Nov-21-04 07:04 PM by recovering democrat
When you get a chance, this yahoo article gives additional information on this subject.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/2004 ...

From (Shonomish County) HeraldNet article on Soldiers Mental Traumas Surfacing, Nov. 15, 2004, (sorry I don't have a link) in part...

A study by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research found 15.6 percent of Marines and 17.1 percent of soldiers surveyed after they returned from Iraq suffered from major depression, generalized anxiety or post traumatic stress disorder - a debilitating, sometimes lifelong change in the brain's chemistry that can include flashbacks, sleep disorders, panic attacks, violent outbursts, acute anxiety and emotional numbness.

Army and Veterans Affairs mental health experts say there is reason to believe the war's ultimate psychological fallout will worsen. The Army survey of 6,200 soldiers and Marines included only troops willing to report their problems. The study did not look at reservists, who tend to suffer higher rates of psychological injury than career Marines and soldiers. And the soldiers in the study served in the early months of the war, when tours were shorter and before the Iraqi insurgency took shape.

"The bad news is that the study underestimated the prevalence of what we are going to see down the road," said Dr. Matthew Friedman, a professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at Dartmouth Medical School who is executive director of the VA's National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


on edit: Sorry, I am not good at links especially new at DU. I have tried typing it in directly because DU entry didn't include the entire entry from the site, but maybe this correction will help. If not, it was a Yahoo news carried on Nov. 15 titled Psychological Trauma seen in US Solders returning from Iraq.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/2004...
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