Afghanistan duty linked to high mental illness risk

In a sample of 2000 from the 30,500 armed forces personnel deployed outside North America or Europe, researchers found high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression among those sent to Afghanistan.

Overall, 13.5% of troops (mainly men aged younger than 40) had a mental health problem, the research showed.

Individuals deployed to Kandahar had double the risk of mental illness compared to those deployed to Kabul, and six times the risk of those sent to the United Arab Emirates or the Arabian Gulf.