One In Ten Iraq Vets Suffer Severe Mental Health Problems

June 9, 2010

US (ChattahBox) – A new study has shown that one in ten vets coming from the Iraq war have severe mental complaints, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression.

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.



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