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Mental Health Disorders, Suicide Risk, and Treatment seeking among Formerly Deployed National Guardand Reserve Service Member seen in Non VA Facilities

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Technical Report,01 Sep 2015,31 Aug 2016

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Geisinger Clinic Danville United States

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The focus of the proposed study is to assess the prevalence of and risk factors for mental health disorders, variations in service use and treatment seeking among National Guard and Reserve service members seem in non-VA facilities following deployments, compared to other service members. Of the 1,343 veterans surveyed to date, 5 were female, 45 were under 64 years old, 78 were married, 96 were white race, 41 reported multiple warzone deployments, and 27 were National Guard and Reserve veterans. The prevalence of current PTSD was 7 95 CI 5.7-8.5. Preliminary analyses indicated that PTSD, depression, mental health service use, alcohol misuse, suicidal thoughts, and stressful life events were more common among National Guard and Reserve veterans, compared to other era veterans p-values 0.05. However, other era veterans were more likely to rate themselves to be in fair or poor health and to have a service-connected disability p-values 0.05.

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