Iraq war strains U.S. army mental hea...

Iraq war strains U.S. army mental health system

There are 6 comments on the Reuters story from May 6, 2008, titled Iraq war strains U.S. army mental health system. In it, Reuters reports that:

Fort Drum, a bleak U.S. Army base in upstate New York, is a test case for how the military is handling a looming mental health crisis.

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Lance Winslow

Orinda, CA

#1 May 6, 2008
We owe our troops better.
HumanSpirit

Wellborn, FL

#2 May 6, 2008
I don't believe there is a looming mental health crisis except for the psycho-drugging of the GI's and the greed the mental health and counseling and pharmaceutical industry is creating at the cost of the health and welfare of the soldier.

Baltimore Sun's article by Lisa Chedekel and Matthew Kauffman " Policies on mentally troubled troops questioned" is informative to the problems of psychotropic drug usage on the war front.

snip:

When Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark C. Warren of La Grande, Ore., received a diagnosis of depression soon after his deployment to Iraq, a military doctor handed him a supply of the mood-altering drug Effexor.

Marine Pfc. Robert Guy, of Willards, Md., was given Zoloft to relieve the depression he had developed in Iraq.

And Army Pfc. Melissa Hobart of East Haven, Conn., took the Celexa she had been prescribed to ease the anxiety of being separated from her young daughter while she was deployed to Baghdad.

Each is among a growing number of mentally troubled service members treated in combat with potent psychotropic medications but with little or no medical monitoring or mental health counseling.

Warren, 44, and Guy, 26, committed suicide last year, according to the military. Hobart, 22, collapsed in June 2004; no cause has been determined.

snip:

Drugs in a class known as SSRIs, such as Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil and Celexa, are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. They can worsen depression and increase suicidal thinking in depressed patients, and the Food and Drug Administration says patients taking any anti-depressant medication should be monitored carefully when the drugs are first prescribed, a task that can be difficult in a war zone.

Some Iraq war veterans say antidepressants and sleep aids were relatively easy to obtain, with no requirement for regular counseling or follow-up care.

Paul Scaglione, 23, an Army mechanic from the Detroit area, said he was put on Wellbutrin in 2003.

"It was no big deal," he said. "They just talk to you a little and give it to you. They say you can come back if you want, but they don't follow up or anything."


http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/...

Psychotropic drugs are dangerous in a war zone..

__________

These psychotropic drugs are known addictive and when and when the GI is released from military obligation without medication or medical supervision, he creates the violence, suicide and murders we see today that is written off as PTSD which further promotes and enhances the profits of the Pharmacutical and mental health industries..

Psychotropic & anti-depressant death by violence, murder & suicide.

http://ssristories.com/index.php

http://www.antidepressantsfacts.com/casualtie...

Lance Winslow

United States

#3 May 6, 2008
HumanSpirit wrote:
I don't believe there is a looming mental health crisis except for the psycho-drugging of the GI's and the greed the mental health and counseling and pharmaceutical industry is creating at the cost of the health and welfare of the soldier.
Baltimore Sun's article by Lisa Chedekel and Matthew Kauffman " Policies on mentally troubled troops questioned" is informative to the problems of psychotropic drug usage on the war front.
snip:
When Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark C. Warren of La Grande, Ore., received a diagnosis of depression soon after his deployment to Iraq, a military doctor handed him a supply of the mood-altering drug Effexor.
Marine Pfc. Robert Guy, of Willards, Md., was given Zoloft to relieve the depression he had developed in Iraq.
And Army Pfc. Melissa Hobart of East Haven, Conn., took the Celexa she had been prescribed to ease the anxiety of being separated from her young daughter while she was deployed to Baghdad.
Each is among a growing number of mentally troubled service members treated in combat with potent psychotropic medications but with little or no medical monitoring or mental health counseling.
Warren, 44, and Guy, 26, committed suicide last year, according to the military. Hobart, 22, collapsed in June 2004; no cause has been determined.
snip:
Drugs in a class known as SSRIs, such as Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil and Celexa, are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. They can worsen depression and increase suicidal thinking in depressed patients, and the Food and Drug Administration says patients taking any anti-depressant medication should be monitored carefully when the drugs are first prescribed, a task that can be difficult in a war zone.
Some Iraq war veterans say antidepressants and sleep aids were relatively easy to obtain, with no requirement for regular counseling or follow-up care.
Paul Scaglione, 23, an Army mechanic from the Detroit area, said he was put on Wellbutrin in 2003.
"It was no big deal," he said. "They just talk to you a little and give it to you. They say you can come back if you want, but they don't follow up or anything."
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/...
Psychotropic drugs are dangerous in a war zone..
__________
These psychotropic drugs are known addictive and when and when the GI is released from military obligation without medication or medical supervision, he creates the violence, suicide and murders we see today that is written off as PTSD which further promotes and enhances the profits of the Pharmacutical and mental health industries..
Psychotropic & anti-depressant death by violence, murder & suicide.
http://ssristories.com/index.php
http://www.antidepressantsfacts.com/casualtie...
120 veterans commit suicide each week and the VA is being investigated for covering up veterans' suicides.
HumanSpirit

Live Oak, FL

#4 May 7, 2008
What they need to do is charge and indict Rumsfield and Bush for allowing psycho-drugs to be used on the military when there is sufficient evidence that violence, mass murder and suicide are the bi-product of the mind drugs in the public sector. Read it above for yourself. It's the money for the pharmaceutical, mental health and counseling industry at the cost of the lives of th GI.

“I Love Life, People & Animals”

Since: Feb 07

El Paso, Texas

#5 May 8, 2008
Lance Winslow wrote:
<quoted text>120 veterans commit suicide each week and the VA is being investigated for covering up veterans' suicides.
Actually, it is the DOD (Department of Defense) who was and still is covering up troops' suicides.

The DOD is only reporting any suicide that is committed inside of the combat zone. They are not reporting any suicides that were committed by troops after they returned from the combat zone to the United States.

The Dept of VA has been documenting and reporting on suicides that were committed by veterans who were registered with the VA for services. They have no access to any documentation that the DOD has as DOD refuses to provide it to them.

Cheers

“I Love Life, People & Animals”

Since: Feb 07

El Paso, Texas

#6 May 8, 2008
HumanSpirit wrote:
What they need to do is charge and indict Rumsfield and Bush for allowing psycho-drugs to be used on the military when there is sufficient evidence that violence, mass murder and suicide are the bi-product of the mind drugs in the public sector. Read it above for yourself. It's the money for the pharmaceutical, mental health and counseling industry at the cost of the lives of th GI.
The main problem has been the commanders who refuse to listen to the military doctors. One such case came out of Fort Lewis, Washington in 2006-2007 time frame. The military doctors had diagnosed a male soldier with PTSD and wrote in his medical records that they recommended for him to not redepoly with his unit back to Iraq. The Army commanders ignored the military doctors.

This has been going on throughout the military branches during 2007.

As for saying that psych drugs causes mass murder, can you provide a web site with empirical proof? I'd be interested in reading them. I personnaly don't believe a lot what newspapers write and report.

Cheers

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