Research: Most Of Army’s Enlisted Men, Women With Suicidal Tendencies Had Them Before They Enlisted

USA Today (3/4, Zoroya) reports that the largest study ever conducted on suicide in the military has found that suicide rates “soared among soldiers who went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan and those who never left the United States.” The ongoing, $65 million study, “scanned records from nearly a million soldiers,” and “produced three separate research papers published online Monday by The Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry.” The study found that “while suicide rates for soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan more than doubled from 2004 to 2009 to more than 30-per-100,000, the trend among those who never deployed nearly tripled to between 25- and 30-per-100,000.”

The New York Times (3/4, Carey, Subscription Publication) reports that the research found that “most of the Army’s enlisted men and women with suicidal tendencies had them before they enlisted, and that those at highest risk of making an attempt often had a long history of impulsive anger.” According to the study, “about one in 10 soldiers qualified for a diagnosis of ‘intermittent explosive disorder,’ as it is known to psychiatrists – more than five times the rate found in the general population.”

Related Links:

— “Study: High suicide rates for soldiers in, out of war,” Gregg Zoroya, USA Today, March 3, 2014.

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