Thursday, April 24, 2008

Psychological and Cognitive Injuries Disproportionately high among U.S. Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

The article linked below discusses the human infrastructure cost inflicted on U.S. troops engaged in military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. As the article states, "1.64 million U.S. troops have been deployed for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom" and the following impairments have shown significant incidence: traumatic brain injury, depression, and PTSD, or post traumatic stress disorder.

Of course, none of this news should be particularly surprising. The specific nature of operations in both countries (continuous rotations, insurgents, enemies that focus primarily on the use of sniper tactics and IEDs) and the wearing effect they have on troops would naturally lead to an incidence of anxiety and mood disorder related impairments. And the occurrence of TBI (traumatic brain injury) is not surprising, either, considering the sheer concussive force that improvised explosive devices may have.

Invisible Wounds of War - Psychological and Cognitive Injuries

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