Severely Injured Veterans May Continue To Struggle With Mental Health Problems.

HealthDay (4/12, Preidt) reports, “US veterans who suffered major limb injuries in combat showed little improvement with mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the two years after receiving treatment for their wounds,” according to research presented yesterday at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. For the study, researchers “conducted phone interviews with nearly 300 veterans who suffered major combat-related limb injuries.” Notably, “at various points during the interview period, nearly 14 percent of the veterans reported generalized anxiety disorder, 14 percent reported depression and five percent had suicidal thoughts.” Almost half (46%) struggled with low-level PTSD, while another 12% said they suffered from higher-level PTSD.

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— “Severely Injured Vets May Need Ongoing Emotional Care, “Robert Preidt, HealthDay, April 11, 2013.

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