Double PTSD in defence force in Middle East

The Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) Health Study, released by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) earlier this month, surveyed 3000 ADF members deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq from June 2010 to June 2012 in the prospective health study.

It showed psychological distress increased from 2.5% pre-deployment to 4.8% post-deployment, PTSD increased from 0.1% to 1.9%, alcohol disorders increased from 1.0% to 2.5%, and suicidal ideation increased from 0.7% to 1.6%.

Hypertension only increased