Washington: Many soldiers battle mental health conditions such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression long after they return from combat, a Mayo Clinic psychiatrist revealed.Untreated, PTSD and depression can lead to drug use, marital problems, unemployment and even suicide, warns Timothy Lineberry, MD, a Mayo Clinic psychiatrist, an Air Force veteran and a suicide prevention expert for the Army.In fact, in recent years the lasting effects of military combat have become quite dire. Suicide rates in the US Army now exceed the rate in the general population, and psychiatric admission is now the most common reason for hospitalisation in the Army, he noted.“Even though large-scale military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq are ending, the effects on the mental health of active-duty service members, reservists, and veterans are just beginning to be felt,” Dr. Lineberry said“Moreover, the potential effect on service members of their war experiences may manifest indefinitely into the future in the form of emerging psychiatric illnesses,” he added.By some estimates, 1 in 5 veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan experience symptoms of PTSD or major depression. Many do not seek treatment because they fear it will harm their careers, Dr. Lineberry noted.
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