Soldiers returning home from Iraq are found to be suffering from depression during their first months at home, according to a new study. The number of veterans sustained brain injuries at about 320,000. They are caused by the post traumatic stress disorder and severe Chronic Depression. The soldiers suffer from depression and alcoholism. The symptoms appears after a months. The adjustment struggle was more profound for the National Guard troops and reservists than it was for the active-duty soldiers.
According to the study conducted by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, about 42% of the Guard and reserves compared to 20% of active-duty soldiers needed mental health treatment in two screenings. The first testing was immediately after return from Iraq and the second after six months. Problems became more severe in the second screening with rise in interpersonal problems and difficulty in adjusting in home.
The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that over 88,000 returning soldiers showed signs of depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, conflicts in relationship and other problems after six months. The screening techniques for stress disorders are improved vastly.
According to the study some active soldiers avoid the diagnosis of mental health, fearing the negative consequences diagnosed with a stress disorder or depression and about an 19.5% veterans receive a traumatic brain injury during the combat tour. The suicide rate of soldiers is going on increases in Iraq war veterans.
To cope with the problem the US army has created a training program called Battlemind that helps soldiers and their families to prepare for the stress of war and what signs of war to watch for. After returning they have rapid medical triage and treatment. There are lot of care are taken like connect with the returning veteran,connect veterans with each other and family care. Along with these some therapies are done like exposure therapy, pharmacotherapy.
Some soldier suffered from brain injury, stress disorder, or both. Mental disorder is more prevalent. The veterans returning from Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm had higher death rate than for veterans who had not served in theater. Many soldiers ends up using drugs.
Thousands of US soldiers and hundreds of UK soldiers have been diagnosed with PTSD and also related to the depression. Some soldiers avoid a diagnosis of a mental health problem, fearing negative result. They worry about their military careers and relationships with coworkers.
Treatment of Iraq war veterans suffering from depression
The clinicians do the work with veterans with chronic PTSD by using their skill and experience with those which are return from Iraq war. The veterans suffering from the trauma will required educating patients and families about traumatic stress reactions, teaching skills of anxiety and anger management, facilitating mutual support among groups of veterans, and working with trauma-related guilt will all be useful and applicable for that.
First Iraq war patients will not suffer from the mental disorder but they have been suffered from mental health. After diagnosis it is clear that the condition caused due to PSTD. The department of veterans provide them a necessary care.
During treatment it is found that the patients work with a psychologist to address their traumatic memory, revisiting and examining it again and again upto the emotional response connected. About 42% of the guard and 20% of active-duty soldiers needed mental health treatment in two screenings.
Conclusion – The soldier which are return after Iraq battle they suffer from the depression. It is due to stress disorder. The number of veterans sustain from brain injury. The study found many members who take treatment face a death of healthcare providers with expertise in war-related mental disorders.