The Pentagon reports that four out of five non-combat medical conditions sending troops to the hospital in 2011 were mental ailments. According to Battleland.blogs.time.com, "substance abuse, mood, anxiety, and adjustment disorders accounted for 622 person-years of lost duty due to hospitalization, convalescence, and limited duty dispositions. Mental disorders accounted for more hospital bed days than any other morbidity category and two-fifths of all hospital bed days."
Mental illness accounts for more hospitalizations of US active-duty troops for illness and injury, now topping pregnancy-related conditions. According to the pentagon's Medical Surveillance Monthly Report, "Adjestment reactions (including post-traumatic stress disorder) and episodic mood disorders were associated with more hospitalizations among active component members than any other specific condition…together these two conditions accounted for 15% to 17% of all hospitalizations of males and females."
Since 2007, hospitalizations for mental disorders have jumped by more than 50%. The Pentagon reported, "The recent, sharp increase in hospitalizations for mental disorders likely reflects the effects of many factors including repeated deployments and prolonged exposures to combat stress; increased awareness and concern regarding the mental health among unit commanders and other front line supervisors, service members and their families, and medical care providers; increased screening and detection of mental disorders and combat-related service and other traumatizing experiences; and decreasing stigma and removal of barriers to seeking and receiving mental disorder diagnosis and care."
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