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San Francisco Suicide Prevention 2011-08-04 01:02:00

A new report on CNN issued by the Department of Defense documents a “large, widespread, and growing mental health problem among U.S. military members.” The report lists mental health problems as the most frequent cause of hospitalization for men in the U.S. military, and the second most frequent cause for military women (after conditions related to pregnancy). Among the most common mental health issues experienced by military personnel are post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depression, bipolar disorder, alcohol dependence, and substance dependence. According to the report, the increase in reported mental health issues reflects the psychological toll of Mideast wars; increased mental health outreach and screening by the military; and military efforts to reduce stigma about mental health treatment.