Military Suicides Linked to Mental Illness, Not Combat or Deployments

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Neither combat experience, number of deployments, nor cumulative days deployed were significantly associated with suicide among current and former U.S. service members, found a study of 151,560 military personnel published today in JAMA. Instead, having depression or bipolar disorder, having alcohol-related problems, and being male are the strongest risk factors for suicide, reported Cynthia LeardMann, M.P.H., of the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego and colleagues.

–Psychiatric News Alert

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