Study: 1 in 4 Army soldiers had mental illnesses before enlisting

More than a quarter of U.S. soldiers met the criteria to be diagnosed with some of the most common mental disorders – depression, panic disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – prior to enlisting in the Army, and more than eight percent considered killing themselves at one time or another, according to a series of studies published in JAMA Psychiatry on Monday.
The reports come amid growing concern over high suicide rates among members of the U.S. armed forces.
The studies state that those who are most at risk of attempting suicide, 1 in 10 of those surveyed and interviewed, also have a history of impulsive anger, a condition known as “intermittent explosive disorder.” That is more than five times the rate found in the civilian population, according to the reports.

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(Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Study: 1 in 4 Army soldiers had mental illnesses before enlisting

More than a quarter of U.S. soldiers met the criteria to be diagnosed with some of the most common mental disorders – depression, panic disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – prior to enlisting in the Army, and more than eight percent considered killing themselves at one time or another, according to a series of studies published in JAMA Psychiatry on Monday.

The reports come amid growing concern over high suicide rates among members of the U.S. armed forces.

The studies state that those who are most at risk of attempting suicide, 1 in 10 of those surveyed and interviewed, also have a history of impulsive anger, a condition known as “intermittent explosive disorder.” That is more than five times the rate found in the civilian population, according to the reports.

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(Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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