Study: Mental Health Issues After War

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A study in The Journal of the American Medical Association says the invisible injuries plaguing soldiers returning from war in Iraq — such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression or just a sense of "not feeling normal" — are common mental health problems, and are most likely to show up several months after a soldier gets home. Scientists at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research compared the health care questionnaires that soldiers fill out when they first come home and again several months later. After six months, they're more likely to report problems with alcoholism, depression and PTSD. Also, they were four times more likely to say they're having problems getting along with spouses, children or with colleagues and bosses at work.



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