Among the mental health disorders reported in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 2013, 8.7% of the burden of illness was attributed to Afghanistan-related military service while 28.7% was attributed to past child abuse experiences. This research is out today in The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, published by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) in partnership with SAGE Publishing.
Examining the 2013 Canadian Forces Mental Health Survey (CFMHS), which includes data from 6,696 fulltime personnel, researchers David Boulos and Mark A Zamorski found:
"Our findings indicate that a significant proportion of past-year mental disorders in the CAF, particularly post-traumatic stress disorder and panic disorder, were attributed to Afghanistan-related deployments," wrote Boulos and Zamorski. "However, the contribution from child abuse experiences was much larger. These findings speak to the need for robust mental health systems that target the full range of determinants of mental health in military personnel, both in times of war and in times of peace."
This article is a part of the April 2016 supplement of The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, focused on the findings of the 2013 Canadian Forces Mental Health Survey (CFMHS). The supplement includes the following six articles:
Deniz Fikretoglu, Aihua Liu, Mark A. Zamorski, et al. "Perceived Need for and Perceived Sufficiency of Mental Health Care in the Canadian Armed Forces: Changes in the Past Decade and Comparisons to the General Population."
Mark A. Zamorski, Bennett RE, David Boulos, et al. "The 2013 Canadian Forces Mental Health Survey: Background and Methods"
Murray Weeks, Bryan G. Garber and Mark A. Zamorski "Disability and Mental Disorders in the Canadian Armed Forces"
Corneliu Rusu, Mark A. Zamorski, David Boulos, et al. "Prevalence Comparison of Past-year Mental Disorders and Suicidal Behaviours in the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian General Population"
Mark A. Zamorski, Rachel E. Bennett, Corneliu Rusu, Murray Weeks, David Boulos and Bryan G. Garber "Prevalence of Past-year Mental Disorders in the Canadian Armed Forces, 2002 -- 2013"
David Boulos and Mark A Zamorski "Contribution of the Mission in Afghanistan to the Burden of Past-year Mental Disorders in Canadian Armed Forces Personnel, 2013"
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