New York Magazine reporter Jennifer Senior has a wrenching report on the growing mental-health crisis among American soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. With military suicide rates rising to unprecedented heights—to the point where more soldiers are now dying by their own hand than in combat—Senior finds that many soldiers end up combating their own mental afflictions in isolation. Often, she notes, they end up falling out of social networks of support, dependent on a bevy of prescription anti-depressants and sleep aides to make it through each day. A spokesman at Fort Drum, home to the 10th Mountain Division here in New York State, tells me by e-mail that one-quarter of its 20,000 soldiers have "received some type of behavioral health evaluation and/or treatment during the past year." Defense Department spending on Ambien, a popular sleep aid, and Seroquel, an antipsychotic, has doubled since 2007, according to the Army Times, while spending on Topamax, an anti-convulsant medication often used for migraines, quadrupled; amphetamine prescriptions have doubled, too, according to the Army's own data. Meanwhile, a study by the Rand Corporation has found that 20 percent of the soldiers who've deployed in this war report symptoms of post-traumatic stress and major depression. The number climbs to almost 30 percent if the soldiers have deployed more than twice.Answer Question
SInce 2006 The Military has been doing studies and reworking mental health screenings. Pre-deployment screenings are working, "A military study found that improved screening reduced later behavioral problems by 78% and reduced thoughts of suicide by more than half.
"Suicides among soldiers serving on active duty decreased modestly in 2010 for the first time in six years"
Is it perfect? No. Is it improving? I believe so. Most commanders I know ENCOURAGE counseling upon return from deployments. it isn't frowned upon to ask for help. It's about the INDIVIDUAL taking the steps.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:18 PM on Feb. 7, 2011
I also think its about the military as a whole addressing it
The military has been addressing it MORE since 2006 in comparison to the 10 years before... The military even started an 800 line for troop and their dependents to see a Dr "downtown" (civilian) for NO CHARGE, to help with initial assessment~ so they wouldn't feel awkward going to on-base facilities. The help IS improving... I think if you were in the military in 1995 vs today, 2011 (and not relying on media reports)~ you would note the improvements..... It's not perfect, but long strides have been made.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:26 PM on Feb. 7, 2011
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:37 PM on Feb. 7, 2011
Answer by Randomosity2 at 2:52 PM on Feb. 7, 2011
Answer by Randomosity2 at 2:56 PM on Feb. 7, 2011
they get stuck in the VA healthcare system... and that is far more deplorable and disgraceful to our veterans...
VA Med Ctr's are a totally different entity..... Sad....
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 3:01 PM on Feb. 7, 2011
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