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Study says 300,000 U.S. troops suffer mental problems
04-18-2008, 01:58 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-18-2008, 01:59 PM by ---.)
Study says 300,000 U.S. troops suffer mental problems
Study says 300,000 U.S. troops suffer mental problems
By David MorganThu Apr 17, 2:15 PM ET

About 300,000 U.S. troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or depression, but about half receive no care, an independent study said on Thursday.

The study by the RAND Corp. also estimated that another 320,000 troops have sustained a possible traumatic brain injury during deployment. But researchers could not say how many of those cases were serious or required treatment.

Billed as the first large-scale nongovernmental survey of its kind, the study found that stress disorder and depression afflict 18.5 percent of the more than 1.5 million U.S. forces who have deployed to the two war zones.

The numbers are roughly in line with previous studies. A February assessment by the U.S. Army that showed 17.9 percent of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from acute stress, depression or anxiety in 2007, down from 19.1 percent in 2006.

But the 500-page RAND study, based in part on interviews with more than 1,900 soldiers, sailors and Marines, also said that only half of troops suffering debilities receive care. And in half of those cases, the care is only minimally adequate.

"There is a major health crisis facing those men and women who have served our nation in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Terri Tanielian, a RAND researcher who helped head the study.

"Unless they receive appropriate and effective care for these mental health conditions, there will be long-term consequences for them and for the nation."


The study said many service members do not seek treatment because they fear the stigma associated with psychological problems could harm their careers.

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, can result from wartime trauma such as suffering wounds or witnessing others being hurt. Symptoms include irritability or outbursts of anger, sleep difficulties, trouble concentrating, extreme vigilance and an exaggerated startle response.

RAND recommended that the Pentagon create a way for service members to receive mental health service confidentially and monitor the quality of care.

Army Col. Loree Sutton, director of the U.S. Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, welcomed the study.

She was concerned at the finding that only about half of those who sought help received "minimally adequate" treatment and said it would spur the military to try harder to recruit more mental health specialists.

The Army wants to hire 275 civilian mental health professionals but a tight labor market and difficulties getting civilians into war zones has slowed the effort, officials say.

RAND, a private research organization, estimated that stress and depression among returning soldiers cost $6.2 billion in the two years following deployment, mainly due to lost productivity, medical costs and a higher risk of suicide.
04-18-2008, 03:18 PM,
Study says 300,000 U.S. troops suffer mental problems
Yeah they volunteered for the military... :tongue:
05-24-2008, 11:21 PM, (This post was last modified: 05-24-2008, 11:23 PM by rainfall.)
Study says 300,000 U.S. troops suffer mental problems
cspans channel 1 or 2 had a program on about the death rate {killing ones self} of veterans. I heard that 18 veterans a day kill themselves. My neice and her husband of 1 yr. are over in iraq my neice is in camp bucca and her husband is in a fighting zone where not excatly sure. He drives a machine gun tanker. My neice is a guard watching over the detainees. She works 14 hours a day and had over a hundred and 30 prisoners to keep watch over. My neices husband is unhappy and my neice seems distant and does not want to talk much about anything. I can see where war and being over there for such a long time would effect the mind and your well-being. Knowing that they signed up I don't believe they thought it would be like is actually is. I believe some people sign up for the wrong reason. Some for the little bit of money that they entice you with and some may sign to get some kind of education. But is it worth losing your sanity over.
05-25-2008, 02:36 AM,
Study says 300,000 U.S. troops suffer mental problems
last time I checked, 6,800 vets have sought to see heaven the other way; they killed themselves in America within one year. Thats a high number. but the Bush Administration continues the show. I dont know maybe they know that they are sick, have been infected with a waste product, injected with a virus to counteract that which was found in mail boxes or even other stuff we dont know about. Besides upon arriving, those who joined are the poor, black, latino, white - upon coming back to good all liberty, justice and truth in america, they find themselves on the streets, walking aimlessly, no job skills, and one american flag stitched to their tattered uniform - but they are in America now - Poor and Broke because America cheated them out from education, opportunity, brainwashed them, and than killed them upon arrival. They were not meant to return. America politicos and corporations meant to get rich on their behalf and to get many people fighting against each other at the homeland. Nasty and Dirty is the business of America. But did the trash in office ever serve in combat? if they did, they were playing the wicked game, the melting pot is not the melting pot - thats a lie. The reality is that we are preyed upon, the lower people are preyed upon - and the sooner the bottom half awakens, I dont know, maybe we can change for a better world, because the one thats being sold right now is becoming decayed. Its interesting to note how the top takes to control the bottom - our own human race, if they are human seeks to exterminate the lower half based on greed, power, and dis-honor - where did this mentality come from?
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