Iraq vets more prone to depression, study says
Rob Peters | November 13, 2007 at 04:52 pmby
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I tend to think we too often mistake normal life ennui for "clinical depression" these days. In the case of returning soldiers, however, mental health is undoubtedly a concern.
CHICAGO (AP) — The euphoria of a soldier's homecoming from Iraq often gives way to depression, stress and trouble dealing with family members during the first months home, a new Pentagon study finds.
Almost a third of the more than 88,000 returning soldiers in the study had signs of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, conflicts in relationships or other problems after six months.
A report released in June said more money and people are needed to care for troops suffering mental health problems because of their war experiences. It also said the Pentagon needs to build a culture of support in the military to help remove the stigma of seeking psychological help.