Navigation Links
Predeployment Mental Health Screening May Help Troops
Date:1/18/2011

TUESDAY, Jan. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Stringent mental health screening before deployment appeared to reduce the rate of psychiatric and behavioral problems among U.S. Army soldiers in Iraq by 78 percent, a new study has found.

Among other things, suicidal thoughts and actions fell by half, according to the results of the study, which were released online Tuesday in advance of publication in an upcoming print issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Army Major Christopher Warner and colleagues studied more than 20,000 soldiers in six infantry brigades -- three that received screening through a mental health program before deployment and three that didn't. Soldiers were on duty in Iraq during the 2007-2008 surge, and researchers tracked them for six months at the start of their deployment.

The screening process includes the completion of a behavioral health form that triggers mental health evaluations if they're deemed necessary. Soldiers found to be psychotic or have bipolar disorder aren't deployed.

The researchers found that soldiers in screened brigades were less likely to need duty restrictions and evacuations by air for mental health reasons. "It's vitally important to know whether mental health screening works, for both military functioning and the welfare of individual soldiers, and this is the first time the program's been assessed systematically," Warner said in a news release from the American Psychiatric Association.

More information

For more on mental health, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCE: American Psychiatric Association, news release, Jan. 18, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. First liver transplant patients receive experimental drug to prevent hepatitis C infection
2. Adolescents with severe mental disorders have never received treatment
3. Mentally Ill in Nursing Homes Often Lack Advance Care Plans
4. Experimental Drug Helps Fight Aggressive Breast Cancer: Report
5. Experimental drug more potent, longer lasting than morphine
6. Mental Imagery a New Weight-Loss Tool?
7. Researchers Assess Gay Youths Mental Health
8. People with mental illness receive inadequate mass screening for prevention of medical conditions
9. Experimental vaccine sets sights on lung cancer
10. For Many, Stigma of Mental Illness Lingers
11. Does sex matter? It may when evaluating mental status
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Predeployment Mental Health Screening May Help Troops
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Ellevate Network, the leading network for professional women, ... towards gender equality at their inaugural Summit in New York City in June. The ... social audience of over 3 million. To watch the Mobilize Women video, click ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to the ... save lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission ... of the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches a class of ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... the demand of today’s consumer and regulatory authorities worldwide. From Children’s to Adults ... tested to meet the highest standard. , These products are also: Gluten ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Dr. ... recently contributed a medical article to the newly revamped Cosmetic Town journal ... spotlights the hair transplant procedure known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Health Literacy ... health literacy software tool, and the Cancer Patient Education Network (CPEN), an independent ... today announce a new strategic alliance. , As CPEN’s strategic partner, HLI ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/2/2017)... FLINT, Mich. , Oct. 2, 2017 ... acquired 8th Day Software and Consulting, LLC , ... 8th Day Software, based in Tennessee ... Management LLC. 8th Day expands EnvoyHealth,s service offerings for ... product development. "In ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... Oct. 2, 2017 The Rebound mobile app is ... to reverse the tide of prescription drug addiction. The app ... medicine intake and stepping down their dosage in a safe, ... in December 2017; the first 100,000 people to sign up ... http://www.rebound-solution.com/ ...
(Date:9/27/2017)... YORK , Sept. 27, 2017  DarioHealth Corp. (NASDAQ: DRIO), a ... today announced that its MyDario product is expected to appear on The ... when The Dr. Oz Show airs in your area: http://www.doctoroz.com/page/where-watch-dr-oz-show ... The nine-time Emmy award-winning, The Dr. Oz ... The ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: