Posts Tagged ‘SUICIDE’
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Primary Suicide Risk Factor For Veterans
ScienceDaily (Aug. 25, 2009) — Researchers working with Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have found that post-traumatic stress disorder, the current most common mental disorder among veterans returning from service in the Middle East, is associated with an increased risk for thoughts of suicide.
Results of the study indicated that veterans who screened positive for PTSD were four times more likely to report suicide-related thoughts relative to veterans without the disorder. The research, published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, establishes PTSD as a risk factor for thoughts of suicide in Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. This holds true, even after accounting for other psychiatric disorder diagnoses, such as substance abuse and depression. Veterans who screened positive for PTSD and two or more comorbid mental disorders were significantly more likely to experience thoughts of suicide relative to veterans with PTSD alone.
As many as forty-six percent of veterans in the study experienced suicidal thoughts or behaviors in the month prior to seeking care, and of those veterans, three percent reported an actual attempt within four months prior to seeking the care. Suicide-related thoughts and behaviors discovered in a returning veteran who has been diagnosed with PTSD, especially in the presence of other mental disorders, may suggest an increased risk for suicide.
From the Davis Enterprise blog:
More active and veteran troops committed suicide from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder than died in combat in both 2009 and 2010.
We work like hell to minimize casualties on the battle field. A soldier dying of battlefield wounds or suicide are both dead. Where is the same level of concern?
Some of the suicides could have been prevented. This is not new but epidemic.
By Dave Pugliese; War in the Mind is a new documentary from filmmaker Judy Jackson which deals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how soldiers are coping with that issue.
War in the Mind also investigates the issue of soldier suicide. Statistics from past and present wars tell the sad story of the magnitude of this problem. Families who have felt invisible, their sons’ stories unacknowledged, tell of the impact of their loss.
Yet this film also discovers that with effective treatment suicide can be prevented. Our cameras gained unique access to a UBC/Canadian Legion program which helps soldiers undo the wiring that military training has implanted in their brains, confront their pain, and learn to live again. At the beginning of this therapeutic program one of the soldiers states:
Traumatic stress is a reality among millions of students
who grow up in a climate of fear, bullying, violence, and
substance abuse—stress which impedes academic
achievement and undermines physical and mental health.
- Ten million students take
- Four million children suffer from
ADHD and other learning disorders.
- Suicide is the third-leading cause
of death among teenagers.
- Seventy percent of students with mental health
problems are not getting the help they need.
Stats from David Lynch Blog:
Eighteen veterans will commit suicide every day—a horrific consequence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In fact, more veterans die by suicide every year than are killed annually in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Over 500,000 U.S. troops deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001 suffer from PTSD.
- Forty percent of all homeless people are veterans.
- Health care costs for all veterans with PTSD will be an estimated $6.2 billion biannually.