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Military suicides up, PTSDers sent back into combat

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#141 Zwolf

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 10:20 AM

Here's some more info on this topic from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

Cheers,

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#142 Nonny

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 10:54 AM

View PostZwolf666, on May 30 2006, 08:20 AM, said:

Here's some more info on this topic from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
EXcellent article.  Thanks, Z.  

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Col. Elspeth Ritchie, the psychiatric consultant to the Army surgeon general, acknowledged that the practice also serves the military.

"Historically, we've found patients evacuated out of theater don't return," said Ritchie. "In time of great difficulty - and there's no question the war over there is very difficult - sometimes anxiety and depression may overwhelm a soldier, and they feel like they've just got to get out of this place.

"But if they are evacuated out, they tend to have the stigma of leaving as a psychiatric case - and then it's a loss of manpower for the service."
It looks to me like maintaining this stigma is another form of stop loss, and a mighty self-serving one.  :angry:  

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The military has about 230 counselors dispatched in Iraq and Kuwait for about 100,000 troops, about the same number as in 2004, an Army spokesman said. But there are signs that the providers themselves are burning out.

A team of mental health experts reported in January 2005 that caregivers were experiencing "compassion fatigue," with one-third of behavioral health workers reporting high burnout, and one in six acknowledging that stress was hurting their ability to do their jobs.

"If our providers are impaired," the team wrote, "our ability to intervene early and assist Soldiers with their problems may be degraded."
I'm seeing burnout in VAMC clinicians too.  :(  

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