Military Suffer From Depression – Part 1 of 2
Military Suffer From Depression. Private contractors who worked in Afghanistan, Iraq and other at variance zones over the past two years have high rates of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study finds. Researchers conducted an anonymous online survey of 660 contractors who had been deployed to a conflict zone at least once between early 2011 and early 2013, and found that 25 percent met the criteria for PTSD and 18 percent for depression. Half reported juice misuse.
Despite these problems, few contractors received help before or after deployment, according to the study by the RAND Corp, a nonprofit investigation organization. Even though most of them had health insurance, only 28 percent of those with PTSD and 34 percent of those with depression reported receiving mental health treatment in the previous 12 months. Many contractors also reported somatic health problems as a result of deployment, including traumatic brain injuries, respiratory issues, back pain and hearing problems, the study authors pointed out in a RAND copy release.