Veterans accounted for 18% of all deaths from suicide among U.S. adults, according to a report released by the VA in 2016.
Since 2001, adult civilian suicides increased by 23%, while veteran suicides increased by 32%. After controlling for age and gender, veterans had a 21% increased risk for suicide, compared with civilians.
The number of veterans with PTSD varies by service era.
Between 11% and 20% of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom veterans experience PTSD in a given year, according to the VA.
Approximately 12% of Gulf War (Desert Storm) veterans experience PTSD in a given year.
Among Vietnam War veterans, an estimated 15% were currently diagnosed with PTSD at the time of the most recent study, the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study, in the late 1980s. The VA estimates approximately 30% of Vietnam Veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime.
November 11 marks Veterans Day in the U.S., honoring individuals currently serving and those who served in the past for the armed services. To honor this observance, Healio.com/Psychiatry gathered the top research in veterans.
Preparing for potential PTSD triggers after PBS Vietnam War documentary
PBS recently aired a 10-part documentary on the Vietnam War, titled “The Vietnam War,” produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, which was speculated to potnetially trigger traumatic memories for some Vietnam War veterans and cause an increase in individuals seeking treatment for PTSD.
Healio.com/Psychiatry spoke with experts to explore the potential impact of the documentary and how clinicians can prepare for it. Read more
Using music to break barriers in homelessness, mental health
NEW ORLEANS — In a session here at Psych Congress, Vijay Gupta, MM, director of Street Symphony and violinist, illustrated the power of music in mental health and homelessness. Read more
Deployment stress affects men, women differently
Recent findings indicated associations between deployment stressors and functioning in work and family following military service, with depression playing an important role in female veterans but not males. Read more
Analysis shows suicide risk assessment methods lacking for veterans
Findings from a systematic review indicated risk assessment methods were sensitive to predictors of suicide and suicide attempts in veterans, but false positives were common, which limited clinical utility. Read more
Crisis intervention reduces suicide attempts in at-risk soldiers
A crisis response plan that included a patient-therapist discussion on personal warning signs for an emotional crisis, coping skills and social support sources effectively reduced suicide attempts in at-risk soldiers. Read more