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Increased physical activity levels linked to reduced PTSD symptoms Combat and Operational Stress Research Quarterly Summer 2011

Participants who engaged in less physical activity were more likely to screen positive for PTSD. Those who reported at least 20 minutes of vigorous activity twice a week had significantly reduced odds for new-onset and persistent PTSD symptoms.

Article is on page 4 of the Summer 2011 issue.
Individual augmentees do not report increased mental health symptoms. Combat and Operational Stress Research Quarterly Summer 2012

Deployment as a Navy individual augmentee (IA) was not significantly associated with newly reported PTSD or symptoms of mental health problems (including PTSD, depression, panic or other anxiety and alcohol-related problems) compared with non-IA deployment.

Article is on page 3 of the Summer 2012 issue
PTSD symptom trajectories among deployed U.S. military personnel. Combat and Operational Stress Research Quarterly Summer 2012

Analysis of U.S. service members who had deployed either once or multiple times revealed that both groups shared very similar PTSD trajectories over time, with the vast majority (83% single deployers, 85% multiple deployers) displaying a low-stable (resilient) symptom pattern that lasted from pre-deployment to several years post-deployment. The other PTSD symptom trajectory patterns included moderate-improving (8%, 8.5%), worsening-chronic (6.7%, 4.5%), high-stable (2.2% single deployers only) and high-improving (2.2% multiple deployers only).

Article is on page 5 of the Summer 2012 issue
New-onset PTSD/depression risk in deployed healthcare professionals Combat and Operational Stress Research Quarterly Summer 2013

Military healthcare professionals have similar rates of new-onset PTSD or depression compared to those in other military occupations. Similar to other types of military personnel, combat exposure was the key factor that increased the rates of new-onset PTSD/depression in this sample, as deployed healthcare professionals with combat exposure had twice the odds of new-onset PTSD/depression compared to those deployed without combat exposure.

Article is on page 3 of the Summer 2013 issue
Insomnia and poor sleep duration pre-deployment are associated with development of PTSD, anxiety and depression after first deployment Combat and Operational Stress Research Quarterly 30 April 2014

Among service members with no history of mental disorder diagnosis or psychotropic medication prescription, and who screened negative for depression, anxiety, PTSD and panic pre-deployment, 3.4% developed PTSD, less than 1% developed anxiety and less than 2% developed depression after first deployment. Service members who reported sleeping fewer than six hours per night pre-deployment were significantly more likely to develop PTSD than those sleeping seven hours per night. Additionally, those reporting insomnia symptoms pre-deployment were at higher risk for new-onset PTSD, anxiety and depression.

Military suicide associated with male gender, mental illness and occupation Combat and Operational Stress Research Quarterly 30 April 2014

Analysis of factors associated with death by suicide during and after military service found that suicide was most common among those with bipolar disorder, depression and alcohol-related problems. Additionally, death by suicide was associated with fewer cumulative days of deployment, the occupation of combat specialist, deployment experience pre-2001 and male gender. Overall, 12.8% of the deaths in the current sample were due to suicide.

Millennium Cohort Study Examines Self-Reported Back Pain and Combat Deployment Defense Video Imagery Distribution System 5 December 2016

Recent research from the Millennium Cohort Study found that military personnel who deployed with combat experiences were more likely to report back pain after deployment than service members who deployed without combat experience. Study findings were recently published in the November issue of Spine.

DoD-VA Research Partnership to Improve Understanding of Active Duty and Veteran Health Defense Video Imagery Distribution System 28 March 2017

A new partnership between DoD and VA medical researchers achieves a milestone with its first joint publication, which examines post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in veteran and active duty populations. The study will be published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, June 2017.

Study Spurs Reassessment of Alcohol Awareness Programs DefenseLink.mil August 13, 2008

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2008 - Defense Department officials are assessing ways to better prepare servicemembers, particularly members of the reserve and National Guard, for the stresses of combat so they're better able to avoid alcohol-related problems when they return home, defense officials said today ...

Health Study Uses Data from Global War on Terrorism DefenseLink.mil News Article May 29, 2007

When a landmark Defense Department-sponsored health study was launched six years ago, one of its goals was to evaluate the impact of future deployments on long-term health. The investigators did not know how timely the project would be...

Story shared in the Association of Military Surgeons United States (AMSUS) The Society of the Federal Health Agencies Newsletter dated Summer 2007

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