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March 4, 2014

Suicide Rates in Soldiers, JAMA Psychiatry

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — veteranclaims @ 9:29 pm

Suicide Risk Among Soldiers,

JAMA Psychiatry. Published online March 03, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.

“Modeled after the Framingham Heart Study, the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS) is designed to identify salient risk and protective factors regarding suicide, adverse mental health outcomes, and functional impairment.”

Found “that 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. This impulsive pattern, in combination with mood disorders and the stresses of deployment, increased the likelihood of acting on suicidal urges.”

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