By Matthew MacEgan in the USA:
Marked increase in US military suicides
9 August 2013
The American Medical Association (AMA) recently released a report identifying the risk factors associated with suicide in current and former United States military personnel. According to this report, the incidence of suicide deaths in the US military began to increase sharply in 2005. The AMA states that increased combat deployments underlie this trend.
The US military combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan have been associated with this notable upward trend, leading to considerable speculation as to the cause. Studies have shown a parallel between increased numbers of diagnosed mental disorders and suicide rates.
The AMA report shows that individuals with an increased risk for suicide were men, and those with depression, manic-depressive disorder…
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