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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 03:47 PM
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Iraq Affecting Mental Health of Troops
Iraq Affecting Mental Health of Troops
By JOHN J. LUMPKIN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - A survey of troops returning from the Iraq war found 30 percent had developed mental health problems three to four months after coming home, the Army's surgeon general said Thursday.

The problems include anxiety, depression, nightmares, anger and an inability to concentrate, according to Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley and other military medical officials. A smaller group, usually with more severe cases of these symptoms, is diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

The 30 percent figure is in contrast to the 3 percent to 5 percent diagnosed with a significant mental health issue immediately after they leave the theater, according to Col. Elspeth Ritchie, a military psychiatrist on Kiley's staff. A study of troops who were still in the combat zone in 2004 found 13 percent experienced significant mental health problems.

Soldiers departing a war zone are typically given a health evaluation as they leave combat, but the Army is only now instituting a program for follow-up screenings three to six months later, said Kiley, speaking to reporters.

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http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050728/ap...


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indepat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 03:51 PM
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1. No effing shit!
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kenny blankenship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 03:55 PM
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2. Doing fucked up things for fucked up reasons
at the behest of fucked up people will FUCK YOU UP.
Now, enlist please, and be that all you can be.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 04:35 PM
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4. Yes, by all means...ENLIST so you can
come back and run for Congress and the dirty gop will smear you with.."You did it to further your career"!
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Justice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 04:15 PM
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3. Incredibly sad - also in Boston.com with picture of Rummy
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 07:03 PM
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5. War is not fun? Who knew? nt
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:00 PM
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6. Iraq is also affecting the mental health of vets of other wars...
Or so say the men in my PTSD group therapy at our VA Clinic.
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Mountainman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 09:45 PM
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9. I find myself trying to compare my experiences from Vietnam with those of
the troops in Iraq which makes me remember things that I had burried in the back of my mind.
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 10:40 PM
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10. Me too, and I feel guilty we couldn't stop this crappy war...
and others are going through what we did. Welcome home and thank you for your service.
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Mountainman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 09:35 PM
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7. I still have those problems 37 years after leaving Vietnam.
Edited on Thu Jul-28-05 09:37 PM by Mountainman
I can cope with them all right but they never go away. I don't have nightmares anymore but the depression and anxiety are medicated daily. I have tried to do with out the meds but I'm impossible to live with then. I need the meds to be "normal."

I've done the whole nine yards, drugs and alcohol abuse, divorce, bankrupt, homelessness.
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Obamarama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 09:42 PM
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8. Wow....
Thank you for sharing that part of you with us so publicly. It was gut-wrenching to read. Who better to know what these men and women are facing.

Peace.
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 10:43 PM
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11. Yep, three time divorcee, several weapons charges...
twenty or so fights, DWIs, the whole damned thing.
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