The impact of the conflicts of Iraq and Afghanistan: a UK perspective.


Sundin, J; Forbes, H; Fear, NT; Dandeker, C; Wessely, S; (2011) The impact of the conflicts of Iraq and Afghanistan: a UK perspective. International review of psychiatry (Abingdon, England), 23 (2). pp. 153-9. ISSN 0954-0261 DOI: https://doi.org/10.3109/09540261.2011.561303

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Abstract

Concerns about the mental health of military personnel deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan has led to a new generation of research. This review is an examination of the UK literature on the mental health consequences of deployment of armed forces personnel to Iraq and Afghanistan. As yet, deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan has not been associated with a general increase in mental health problems for the UK Armed Forces. However, research has highlighted certain problems that continue to need to be addressed. Whilst, the rate of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is low in the UK Armed Forces (1.6-6%), deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan is associated with an increased risk of PTSD for reserve personnel. In contrast to PTSD, the rate of alcohol misuse is high in the UK Armed Forces (between 16-20%), and has been associated with deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan for regular personnel. As the UK military engagement in Afghanistan continues and more personnel are deployed, the demand for help from military health services, the NHS and the service charities will increase.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology
PubMed ID: 21521084
Web of Science ID: 289946800005
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/748776

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