Increased Risk Of Suicide Among Veterans With Bipolar Disorder – Part 1 of 3
Increased Risk Of Suicide Among Veterans With Bipolar Disorder. Military veterans with psychiatric illnesses are at increased endanger for suicide, says a new study. The greatest chance is among males with bipolar disorder and females with substance abuse disorders, according to the researchers at the US Department of Veterans Affairs and Healthcare System and the University of Michigan. Overall, bipolar clamour (the least common diagnosis at 9 percent) was more strongly associated with suicide than any other psychiatric condition.
The researchers examined the psychiatric records of more than three million veterans who received any sort of care at a VA facility in 1999 and were still alive at the beginning of 2000. The patients were tracked for the next seven years.