Saturday, January 28, 2023

Tag: mental health and military

Broken Is Not All I’ll Ever Be: Military Veterans and Psychiatric...

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I had been an excellent combat medic — I had deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan totaling over 28 months of combat in Infantry and Cavalry units. Yet, after over six years on these psychiatric drugs, I felt reduced to a helpless being who would require assistance for the simplest of menial tasks.

Army Lifts Ban on Waivers for Recruits With Mental Health Issues

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From USA Today: The Army will now allow recruits with a history of self-harm, bipolar disorder, depression, and drug and alcohol abuse to seek waivers...

How Our Military Discards Its Wounded Troops

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From The Daily Beast: A newly released Government Accountability Office report found that 62 percent of military servicemembers who were discharged for misconduct between 2011...

The General who Went to war on Suicide

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From Politico Magazine: Having struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts himself, Major General Dana Pittard developed a unique approach to suicide prevention in the military: expanding...

Soldiers as Guinea Pigs: the Case of Mefloquine and Tafenoquine

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Hundreds of Australian veterans have been diagnosed with serious neurological and psychiatric disorders, often mistaken for post-traumatic stress disorder, as a result of mefloquine, a neurotoxicant able to cause a “lasting or permanent” brain injury, and the experimental drug tafenoquine[.] Many maintain they were compelled to participate in trials of the drugs.

“Soldiers at War in Fog of Psychotropic Drugs”

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“In a small but growing number of cases across the nation, lawyers are blaming the U.S. military's heavy use of psychotropic drugs for their...