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Drugs and Suicides in the Armed Forces

August 26, 2009 Leave a comment

“POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER” PATHOLOGIZING TRAGEDY AND WAR TO SELL DRUGS

Drugs and Suicides in the Armed Forces

Bruce E. Levine, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and author of Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic, said that in February 2009, “Americans heard about a dramatic rise in suicides among U.S. soldiers.” Army statistics, which include the Army Reserve and the National Guard, confirmed 128 suicides (with 15 more deaths under investigation).  Suicides for the Marines also increased, with 41 in 2008, up from 33 in 2007 and 25 in 2006.

In an article published by Best Syndication News on April 17, 2009, suicides among Iraq war soldiers were reported to be twice that of other wars.

The number of soldiers who committed suicide during January 2009 actually surpassed the number of soldiers who were killed in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan during the same time period, the article said.

One of the suggested reasons for the high suicide rate is that with so many troops being labeled with “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” (PTSD), many of them are prescribed drugs that didn’t exist during other wars, especially antidepressants known to cause suicidal thoughts and feelings.

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