One In Ten Iraq Vets Suffer Severe Mental Health Problems
June 9, 2010
Anonymous surveys given between 2004 and 2007 showed that soldiers returning from active duty experienced a 9%-14% rate of PTSD symptoms, and 5% – 8.5% rate of depression.
Using less severe criteria, they bumped that up to between 20% – 30% for PTSD symptoms, and 11.5% – 16% depression rates.
The sharpest increase was in National Guard soldiers.
This comes after another report that showed that many soldiers have been self-medicating with anti-psychotics, anti-anxieties, and anti-depressants.
The report by the Senate Armed Services Committee admitted that the military has no real visibility when it comes to drugs being used by soldiers.