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BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 23 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7143

Illness among soldiers increases risk of mental illness: A study of 3896 UK army personnel deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan has found that soldiers who needed hospital treatment for illness were 1.5 times as likely to develop mental health problems after deployment as those who didn’t get ill.1 Soldiers who were evacuated because of illness were nearly three times as likely to report problems such as anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. These rates were similar to those among injured soldiers, but soldiers who have …

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