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Old 03-13-2007, 11:54 AM   #1
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[q]Mental illness common in returning soldiers
Tue Mar 13, 8:34 AM ET
High rates of mental health disorders are being diagnosed among US military personnel soon after being released from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to investigators in San Francisco.

They estimate that out of 103,788 returning veterans, 25 percent had a mental health diagnosis, and more than half of these patients had two or more distinct conditions.

Those most at risk were the youngest soldiers and those with the most combat exposure, Dr. Karen H. Seal at the Veterans Administration Medical Center and associates report in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Seal's group based their findings on records of US veterans deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan who were seen at VA health care facilities between September 2001 and September 2005.

In addition to the high rate of mental health disorders, about one in three (31 percent) were affected by at least one psychosocial diagnosis.

The most frequent diagnosis was post-traumatic stress disorder. Other diagnoses included anxiety disorder, depression, substance use disorder, or other behavioral or psychosocial problem.

The researchers observed very little difference between men and women, racial and ethnic subgroups, and those on active duty and National Guard or Reserves.

"The youngest group of active duty veterans (age, 18 to 24 years) had a significantly higher risk of receiving one or more mental health diagnoses and posttraumatic stress disorder compared with active duty veterans 40 years or older," Seal and her colleagues write.

The research team maintains that enhanced prevention, detection, and treatment of mental health problems "should be targeted at the youngest...veterans," especially those who were on active duty.

SOURCE: Archives of Internal Medicine, March 12, 2007.[/q]



and remember, every time you send troops somewhere to do some sort of job, this is what you're also signing up for. destroyed lives, amongst the living. the costs of war are higher than we're ever told, and it is in the best interests of the powers-that-be to shield us, the general public, as much as they can from the true horrors of war that linger long after the last shot has been fired.

soldiers are not playthings designed for foreign policy, nor are they meant to police an Iraqi civil war.
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But the troops are supposed to be supported when they're in Iraq only, apparently(and if you criticize well you're just not properly supporting the troops). If they're lucky enough to make it home, well they're on their own and sol.
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Reason number 456,873 why going-to-war should always be a last resort. And if you HAVE to go to war, you better (a) be justified (b) have a plan and (c) win the war.

The Iraq War has now gone on longer than World War II did, there is no plan, and we're losing. Ugh.
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Did WW2 suddenly get shorter
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I think they mean US involvement in WWII.
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I think they mean US involvement in WWII.
Sorry, yes, that's what I meant. It's ridiculous that Bush hasn't won this war yet.
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This is so sad.
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Reason number 456,873 why going-to-war should always be a last resort. And if you HAVE to go to war, you better (a) be justified (b) have a plan and (c) win the war.

The Iraq War has now gone on longer than (U.S. participation in)World War II did, there is no plan, and we're losing. Ugh.

Are you proposing we drop a couple atomic bombs on Iraqi cities to speed things along?
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Take H-bombs, A-bombs is soo 20th century.
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Are you proposing we drop a couple atomic bombs on Iraqi cities to speed things along?


i say either invade with 500,000 troops, or don't invade at all.

don't try and use 110,000 troops (which was all Rumsfeld originally wanted) to try and "send a message" and then expect them to somehow occupy a country after you've dissolved the old army and police forces.
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OK, but that happened.
And now you can't back out saying, "Ups, sorry guys, not our problem if you slaughter each other."

The past has happened, and we have to deal with the current and the future situation.
And find a solution.
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