Study Shows High Suicide Rate Among Veterans

Approximately 7 million Americans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental illness that can occur after an individual endures emotional turmoil. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals manage their illness and any addiction problems that may result from their disorder. However, a number of people with mental illnesses are still undiagnosed.

Veterans are especially prone to developing PTSD, along with other conditions, such as bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder. A new study conducted by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs at the University of Michigan has found that people with these mental illnesses have an increased risk of suicide, Businessweek reports. Bipolar disorder, which has the most definitive link to suicide, is only diagnosed in 9 percent of veterans.

“In men, the risk of suicide was greatest for those with bipolar disorder, followed by depression, substance abuse disorders, schizophrenia, other anxiety disorders and PTSD,” the researchers wrote. “In women, the greatest risk of suicide was found in those with substance abuse disorders, followed by bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, PTSD and other anxiety disorders.”

Depression stemming from these conditions may make an individual more prone to substance abuse. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals understand their mental illness and detoxify over time.