Army has incentive to underdiagnose disorder, some say. Service members don’t always admit to problem.
By Barrie Barber, Staff Writer 10:56 PM Sunday, May 27, 2012
More than 2 million U.S. service members have gone to war in the past 10 years, often doing battle and experiencing trauma both physically and mentally.
But diagnosing the mental trauma — commonly known as post-traumatic stress disorder — has become a challenge for the military as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have evolved. The Army is leading a servicewide review into soldiers’ mental health diagnoses, and military counselors often must work closely with command staff to determine if the diagnoses alone should keep a service member from returning to combat.