Mental Health Disorders Increasing in Military Service Members

Treatment of mental health disorders in military men and women has gone up. In 2012, approximately 3.5 percent of our servicemembers received care for depression, PTSD, anxiety and other conditions.

Experts attribute the increase to the following factors:

  • more servicemembers seeking treatment;
  • an actual increase in mental health disorders since 9/11; and
  • effects from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Greater recognition of mental health disorders among our military men and women is a step in the right direction. But although there’s less stigma attached to mental health problems, there are still many others out there who aren’t receiving necessary care.

Also, in the past many of our military men and women received just one course of treatment. But that has changed since 2012, with many undergoing more intensive treatment. In fact, between 2000 and 2012, those numbers went up nearly six times.

The concerns for ensuring our servicemembers get proper help isn’t just because treatment is important to improve quality of life. It’s also based on the number of suicides, with many cases of suicide having nothing to do with combat. Even those never deployed are at risk. Suicide rates in the military have increased. In 2005, it was about 10 to 11 service members per 100,000 active duty troops. But in 2009, that increased to 18 per 100,000.

It’s so important that our military men and women get the help they need for mental health issues. Further, vets with a mental illness may qualify to receive disability compensation. This depends on if it’s service-connected and falls under one of Social Security Administration’s listing of impairments. Learn more about eligibility to recover benefits or get help appealing a denied claim; contact the Law Offices of Veterans Help Group at 855-855-8992.