15
Nov
2004

An emerging mental health crisis among returning Iraq War veterans

"We're gearing ourselves up now and preparing ourselves to meet whatever the need is, but clearly this is something that could not be planned for," said Dr. Alfonso Batres, a psychologist who heads the VA's national office of readjustment counseling services. Last year [2003], 1,100 troops who had fought in Iraq or Afghanistan came to VA clinics seeking help for symptoms of depression or post-traumatic stress; this year [2004], the number grew tenfold [to more than 10,000]. In all, 23% of Iraq veterans treated at VA facilities have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. "And this is first-year data," Batres said. "Our experience is that over time that will increase."

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