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Nearly 1 in 5 had mental illness before enlisting in Army, study says
The Los Angeles Times ^ | March 3, 2014 | Alan Zarembo

Posted on 03/04/2014 1:20:57 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. soldiers had a common mental illness, such as depression, panic disorder or ADHD, before enlisting in the Army, according to a new study that raises questions about the military's assessment and screening of recruits.

More than 8% of soldiers had thought about killing themselves and 1.1% had a past suicide attempt, researchers found from confidential surveys and interviews with 5,428 soldiers at Army installations across the country.

The findings, published online Monday in two papers in JAMA Psychiatry, point to a weakness in the recruiting process, experts said. Applicants are asked about their psychiatric histories, and those with certain disorders or past suicide attempts are generally barred from service.

"The question becomes, 'How did these guys get in the Army?'" said Ronald Kessler, a Harvard University sociologist who led one of the studies.

A third study looked at the increased suicide rate among soldiers from 2004 to 2009. The study, which tracked nearly 1 million soldiers, found that those who had been deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq had an increased rate of suicide....

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: adhd; army; mentalillness; military
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You probably do need your head examined if you joined with "you-know-who" in the head shed, said the guy who first signed up in 1977.
1 posted on 03/04/2014 1:20:58 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

ADHD is one of the most over prescribed “illnesses” ever.

It has become and excuse to make boys behave like girls through drugs.


2 posted on 03/04/2014 1:27:20 AM PST by DB
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Considering what constitutes “mental illness” these days, I’m surprised the number isn’t higher.
Every time someone “feels” like their life isn’t perfect, our society has taught him or her to get “help”.
Suck it up, kids. Life’s hard. It’s harder if you’re stupid.


3 posted on 03/04/2014 1:45:08 AM PST by CPONav
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As someone who actually has ADD (without the H), and who enlisted in the Army, all I needed was a waiver to get in. I never had any thoughts of killing myself, despite getting deployed for Desert Storm. My unit had one guy go AWOL before deployment, and one of our NCOs freaked during an air raid warning and refused to wear her gas mask, but I did fine.


4 posted on 03/04/2014 1:49:23 AM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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Just to add: frankly, I wouldn’t put ADHD/ADD in the “mental illness” category. Having the disorder doesn’t make you unstable, or incapable of determining reality, or any other debilitating mental state. Certainly there is (in my experience) no aspect of ADHD that makes suicide or self-harm more likely, and none of the more-established medications used in treating the condition enhance the likelihood of such thoughts.


5 posted on 03/04/2014 1:53:32 AM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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That is what happens when you have a 13 year war. You need people to fight and will accept people that other wise you wouldn't. President Bush knew that requirements would have to be loosened. No biggie. In 2015-2016, the requirements will tighten as the war begin to whine down.
6 posted on 03/04/2014 2:01:34 AM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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This information will be used to strip them of their gun rights...


7 posted on 03/04/2014 2:31:03 AM PST by bike800
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Couldn’t this same 1 in 5 be a description for the whole population? Is this a hit piece on the military?


8 posted on 03/04/2014 2:41:05 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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Yep, just another hit piece on the military.
How about a study of journos.
I am sure the numbers would be four out of five.


9 posted on 03/04/2014 2:55:46 AM PST by Post5203 (For the first time in my life, I despise this country.)
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Nearly 1 in 5 had mental illness before enlisting in Army, study says

That would account for the number of gay troops, I suppose.

10 posted on 03/04/2014 3:12:19 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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consider the sourcing; it's Barbara Streisand..reading no further.

11 posted on 03/04/2014 3:14:05 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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Yeah. According to this regime believing that you were born the wrong gender or are sexually attracted to other men’s effluent tubes is not mental illness but being a Constitutionalist is.


12 posted on 03/04/2014 4:03:10 AM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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Yep, just another hit piece on the military. How about a study of journos. I am sure the numbers would be four out of five.

Or how about members of Congress? That ought to be interesting.

13 posted on 03/04/2014 4:06:22 AM PST by JohnG45
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80% of government employees have mental illness. Before and now.


14 posted on 03/04/2014 4:07:58 AM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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When new guys would report aboard a submarine we used to have a betting pool whether they would make it the first year or crack and either fake an illness or go nuts.

There are people with problems in every field. High amounts of stress usually bring those problems into public view. The military can be very stressfuly.


15 posted on 03/04/2014 4:11:02 AM PST by Pan_Yan (Who told you that you were naked? Genesis 3:11)
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You mean everything is not like a Tom Clancy novel?


16 posted on 03/04/2014 4:15:59 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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You mean everything is not like a Tom Clancy novel?

When I was a young man I enjoyed reading Clancy. However my view of the military has matured greatly in the decades since. You gain a lot of perspective after you've been out a while.

17 posted on 03/04/2014 4:23:39 AM PST by Pan_Yan (Who told you that you were naked? Genesis 3:11)
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How did it change?


18 posted on 03/04/2014 4:25:40 AM PST by Chickensoup (leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: Pan_Yan

I enjoy WEB Griffin as well, but his “hook” is that the main characters are almost always wealthy, which you and I know is rare in the military.


19 posted on 03/04/2014 4:25:45 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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Gee, I bet that means that can’t own guns now.


20 posted on 03/04/2014 4:26:34 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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