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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 03:12 AM
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Mental health issues most common condition
Mental health issues most common condition
By Kelly Kennedy - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Mar 6, 2009 16:15:42 EST

A new study from the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center shows that service members spend more time in the hospital for mental health disorders than for any other condition.

Post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues due to combat operations degrade the health, fitness, operational effectiveness and morale of affected service members and their units, according to a report by Stephen Taubman of the Surveillance Centers Data Analysis Group.

Taubman looked at active duty service members who deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan from January 2002 to December 2008. During that period, about 1 million people deployed, and about 200,000 received medical treatment for a mental health disorder after deploying.

About 80,000 sought treatment for a mental health disorder before they deployed. Of those who sought treatment before they deployed, 40 percent also talked with a therapist at least once after they returned from deployment.

In fact, those who had been diagnosed with PTSD or depression before deploying were almost three times as likely to seek treatment again. Taubman found that of those with no prior history of mental health issues, only 3 percent were diagnosed with depression after deploying and 3.4 percent were diagnosed with PTSD. However, 7.4 percent were diagnosed with adjustment disorder which consists of the same symptoms as PTSD, but short of the six-month baseline for PTSD and 11 percent were diagnosed with other disorders.


Rest of article at: http://armytimes.com/news/2009/03/military_mental_healt...
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lisy Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 03:48 AM
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1. Nice Article
Thanks for the link.. its a very nice article. The interesting fact according to that article is that...

There were also differences between men and women. Of women, 14 percent had mental health encounters before deploying and 28 percent after; 7 percent of men had mental health encounters before deploying and 21 percent did after.

which is very quiet surprising and an intersting fact to note.

Lisy - Diagnosing Asperger's Syndrome
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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 03:56 AM
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2. Welcome to DU lisy!
:hi:
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