The Military Health System commissioned a study to examine the effects of PTSD and depression in the armed services, the two most common mental-health issues in the military. The study found that the military’s health program provides insufficient mental-health care to service members.
The study finds that the majority of the soldiers who are diagnosed with PTSD receive at least one session of talk therapy. Only about 1 in three, however, will receive the appropriate follow-up care. Additionally, only 40 percent of patients who were prescribed medication followed up with a doctor afterward.
More access to mental-health care professionals and a further public acceptance and awareness of mental-health issues could help to reduce these problems.