About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

War Veterans Likely to Face Mental Health Problems After Iraq, Afghan Tours

by Thilaka Ravi on August 18, 2008 at 1:39 PM
Font : A-A+

 War Veterans Likely to Face Mental Health Problems After Iraq, Afghan Tours

An increasing number of Australian soldiers may be having health problems in the future as a result of being deployed to war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan, Veterans' Affairs Minister Alan Griffin said Sunday.

Griffin said officials were beginning to deal with the relatively new dilemma of mental health issues posed by troops who had served in not only one, but multiple, war zones.

Advertisement

He said one of the problems with psychological illness, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, was that it tended not to present itself immediately but years down the track.

"So we can look at it now and say, 'There are x number of veterans who are coming back on a regular basis from Afghanistan. We can look at the figures and say, 'Well, there aren't that many at the moment that are presenting with problems," he said.
Advertisement

"But what we can say with some confidence is that over the coming five to 10 years a lot more of those people will have problems."

Griffin said that coming home was always difficult for soldiers who had experienced war, but this was now compounded by the fact that many Australians had served on multiple fronts, including in East Timor, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Solomon Islands.

"Every conflict brings, sometimes, new issues," Griffin said.

"One of the things that we are dealing with now, which we've never really had to deal with much before, is people who may have come back from two or three different conflicts," he told Sky News.

"That produces a whole range of questions about multiple deployments and what sort of impacts they actually have on the people we send over."

Griffin said lessons had been learned from the Vietnam experience, when veterans returned home to hostility and a lack of support, and the efforts of soldiers were now better appreciated.

"What we've got to try to do it set up a situation where, when they've got problems, they get in touch and they get help quickly," he said.

"And we've got to try and work out what those problems are likely to be."

About 3,500 Australian Defence Force members are currently deployed overseas.

Source: AFP
THK/L
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2021 - It's time to RISE
First-Ever Successful Pig-To-Human Kidney Transplantation
World Osteoporosis Day 2021 -
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Adolescence Depression Anxiety Disorder Nervous Tic Reiki-A Holistic Healing Method Flowers And What They Mean To Us Health Insurance - India Ways to Improve your Intelligence Quotient (IQ) Mental Health - Neurosis vs Psychosis Personality Disorder Understanding the Role of Love in Mental Health 

Recommended Reading
Suicide
Suicide is an act of ending one's own life and it usually results from emotional isolations and ......
Brain Depression - Animation
Interactive section of Medindia provides information about chemistry of Brain depression...
Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety disorder involves excessive worry about actual circumstances, events or conflicts. Anyone ca...
Flowers And What They Mean To Us
Flowers can be used as infusion for treating digestive disorders or they can be used as poultice for...
Health Insurance - India
Health insurance has emerged as one of the fastest growing segments in the non-life insurance indust...
Mental Health - Neurosis vs Psychosis
Mental well-being is a concern and abnormal coping of emotions can lead to neurosis or psychosis. Me...
Nervous Tic
Trigeminal Neuralgia or tic douloureux is one of the most painful nervous system disorders that affe...
Personality Disorder
Personality disorder is a type of mental illness that can strain relationships at work or home, but ...
Understanding the Role of Love in Mental Health
Love plays a crucial role in our mental health. Love that comes from a friend, a partner, a sibling,...
Ways to Improve your Intelligence Quotient (IQ)
Intelligence quotient (IQ) is a psychological measure of human intelligence. Regular physical and me...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use