Four Of Every Five Non-Injury Military Hospitalizations Due To Mental Disorders

Mental disorders led to four of every five military hospitalizations apart from those for physical injuries, overtaking pregnancy as the the top reason service members check into medical facilities. “In 2011, substance abuse, mood, anxiety and adjustment disorders accounted for 622 person-years of lost duty due to hospitalization, convalescence, and limited duty dispositions,” said a Pentagon report on the issue, noting that these causes led to half of all days spent by service members in hospital beds. Mental disorders caused nearly two million hospitalizations. Yesterday, the Pentagon announced a full review of diagnoses for such disorders.