DoD Faces Growing Mental Health Problems of Active-duty Personnel

Via Government Executive Magazine – During the past decade 767,290 active-duty military personnel have received a diagnosis for a mental health disorder,according to a series of reports released by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center in Silver Spring, Md. Overall, from January 2000 through December 2009, such diagnoses increased 60 percent.

The center also reported that mental health disorders rank as the top cause of hospitalization for male service members and the second cause of hospitalization for women after pregnancy-related conditions. The Army topped the number of admissions.

During this period, 94,391 active-duty service members experienced 109,895 mental disorder hospitalizations.

To put the numbers in context, a recently completed national survey that showed at least half of all adult Americans will meet the criteria for a mental disorder diagnosis sometime in their life, and that clearly the large and growing problem of mental disorders among military members reflects to some extent the similar experience of the general U.S. population.

We raise this topic in light of reports of a 20-year-old infantryman on anti-depressants who shot and killed a captured Taliban member asleep in a jail cell. If convicted, he could face execution or life in prison. Yahoo! News: Army struggles with mental health amid 2 long wars

The Defense Department needs to fill hundreds of vacancies in mental health positions, expand efforts to reduce the stigma associated with seeking treatment, and treat mental health wounds of war as equal to physical wounds. Researchers call for additional study, and admit that tracking mental problems can be a moving target, as treatment and attitudes change.

There are real and perceived barriers to seeking and accessing care for mental health disorders among military members. These barriers include shortages of mental health professionals in some areas and the social and military stigmas associated with seeking or receiving mental health care.

If the Department of Defense would institute mandatory testing for psychological wellbeing for troops going to and returning from battle field areas, then no one would be exempt and any stigma associated with testing and treatment for mental illnesses in the military would decrease.

The Department of Defense could be taking advantage of the potential benefits of SSRM Tek to decrease military suicides and aid in treatment of rising mental health issues like PTSD and depression. We believe that since the use of SSRM related technologies is 100% non-invasive that seamless implementation of such associated testing could provide timely recognition and help in the treatment of military personnel.

To take it a step further if treatment with SSRM Tek related technologies was implemented as mandatory to screen every returning soldier then illness would decrease faster as well as the stigma associated with being mentally ill.

Northam Psychotechnologies has completed 2 tests on patient groups with PTSD and alcohol dependencies involving complex treatment therapy in Russia and saw great success.

See our publications:

Ioffe S., Esin S.V., Afanasjev B.G., Nezhdanov I.K. (2007) Psycho-semantic diagnosis of alcoholic dependencies tested at the subconscious level in military personnel with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Polygraph Journal, APA, V36, 2, 57-69

Ioffe S., Yesin S.V., Afanasjev B.G., Nezhdanov I.K. (2007) The influencing role of the subconscious stimulation during the treatments of the post traumatic stress disorder and the alcohol dependencies in the military personnel. Polygraph Journal of APA V36, 3, 133-148

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