Major Depressive Episode and Treatment for Depression among Veterans Aged 21-39 Recent research indicates that an estimated 25 to 30 percent of the veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have reported symptoms of a mental disorder or cognitive condition. Untreated mental health problems can result in long-term negative consequences for the affected individuals, their families, their communities and our nation as a whole.
Wounds of War A study showed that almost 300,000 in the armed forces were affected by mental illness in 2008.
Military Attitudes Towards Mental Illness In 2007 NAMI protested the U.S. Army’s treatment of 1st Lieutenant Elizabeth Whiteside, who was going to be court-martialed endangering another soldier and turning a gun on herself in a suicide attempt during a psychiatric breakdown.
National Survey on Drug Use and Health Report Substance abuse is a recognized mental health concern among veterans. A report by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health cites higher uses of alcohol and cigarettes among veterans, in addition to higher rates of driving under the influence.
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