5.52 Soldiers with mental illness more often get PTSD, Reuters, May. 2, 2011
The results of a new study published in Archives of General Psychiatry may have implications for preventing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among members of the military. The study was based on a survey of more than 22,000 soldiers who completed a health questionnaire before and after deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan. Before deployment, just over three percent had some mental illness, such as depression or panic disorder. Upon return, eight percent of soldiers had developed symptoms of PTSD, and those who had mental illness (other than PTSD) before deployment were more than twice as likely to have developed the condition. “More vulnerable members of the deployed population might be identified and benefit from interventions targeted to prevent or to ensure early identification and treatment of postdeployment PTSD,” wrote the study authors.
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