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Mental disorders most frequent medical diagnosis among servicemembers just before separation, Pentagon study says


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They got colds in boot camp. In midcareer they were beset by muscle strains, tears and back problems. But at the end, just before separating from the armed forces, servicemembers’ most common medical diagnosis was mental health disorders, a new Pentagon study has found.

Mental disorders — almost never diagnosed at the beginning of military service — became the top diagnostic category at the end, according to the study by the Defense Health Agency, which surveyed 45,000 troops who served 4-15 years beginning in 2000 and separated in 2014 and 2015. https://www.stripes.com/news/mental-disorders-most-frequent-medical-diagnosis-among-servicemembers-just-before-separation-pentagon-study-says-1.539022

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