Psychotropic Medication Prescription Practices and Use and Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Defense Health Agency/Defense Health Board Falls Church United States
The psychological and behavioral effects of multiple deployments on Service members, and the mental health impact of serving in the combat settings of Afghanistan and Iraq are ongoing, escalating, and urgent national concerns. Exposure to deployment-related stressors has been linked to elevated rates of post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD, anxiety, depression, sleep, and substance abuse disorders. Concerns have been raised about the safety and effectiveness of prescription medication practices for these disorders on- and off-label side effects misusepolypharmacy multiple medications taken simultaneously including CAM products and potential risks and impairments to combat-readiness.