Army Officer Faults Mental Health Care

January 20th, 2007  
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Topic: Army Officer Faults Mental Health Care

Baltimore Sun
January 20, 2007

WASHINGTON--Mental health screening isn't consistent for U.S. troops returning from war, and if they don't say they need help, they often don't get it, the Army's top medical officer said yesterday. It is estimated that about 17 percent of returning fighters have post-traumatic stress disorder or severe anxiety and depression, compared with about 6 percent or 7 percent of the general population. Studies show some troops fear being stigmatized if they acknowledge that they have problems such as nightmares, hyper-vigilance or anxiety. Some want to spend time with their families instead of getting medical help.

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