HealthDay – U.S. Troops' Suicide Risk Tied to Mental Illness, Not Combat: Study – Amy Norton
The suicide rate in the U.S. military has risen in recent years, but a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds no proof that the problem directly stems from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Instead, researchers said, the risk factors for suicide in the military are the same as those in the civilian world: depression, drinking problems and being a man. “The findings do not mean that the protracted wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have had nothing to do with the increase in military suicides,” said Rachel Yehuda, MD, a Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.
-Dr. Rachel Yehuda, Professor, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Director, Traumatic Stress Studies Division, The Mount Sinai Medical Center