Higher rates of PTSD in the Guard
According to findings published in the June issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, members of the National Guard appear to have higher rates of mental illness after combat duty compared to active services members. Specifically, the instance of PTSD with accompanying severe functional impairment increased from 7% to more than 12% over a period of nine months in non-active guard members; in active service members this increase was about 1%. The authors of the study wrote, “The emergence of differences . . . likely does not have to do with the differences in the health effects of combat, but rather with other variables related to readjustment to civilian life or access to healthcare.” Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses this study more.