Suidicial thoughts rise through the roof for military.

A report by the military itself has raised my hackles. As someone who had a beloved niece serve in Afghanistan, prior to Obama’s move into the Oval Office, I am appalled and quite pissed at the numbers. The following quote from page 8 of the report tells us a lot:

In contrast to recent prior years, in 2010 there were more hospitalizations for mental disorders than for any other major category of illnesses or injuries (per the ICD-9-CM).

Page 23 of the report has the following subject, or header: Hospitalizations with primary (first-listed) or non-primary diagnoses of “suicidal ideation” (ICD-9-CM: V62.84), active component, U.S.Armed Forces, 2005-2010.

Then, the accompanying text, along with the following graph that just smacks the shit right out of me:

In October 2005, a diagnostic code for “suicidal ideation” was added to the International Classifi cation of Diseases (ICD-9-CM). Since then, annual numbers of hospitalizations with primary (fi rst-listed) diagnoses of suicidal ideation at discharge have steadily and sharply increased (from 5 in 2006 to 355 in 2010). Numbers of hospitalizations with nonprimary diagnoses of suicidal ideation also have increased during this period.In 2010, 90 percent of hospitalizations with a primary diagnosis of suicidal ideation were reported with a mental health disorder-specifi c diagnosis (ICD-9-CM: 290-319) in a non-primary diagnostic position.

The results should be interpreted with consideration of several factors that may aff ect the completeness of reportingof “suicidal ideation” among active component members. For example, the results may reflect at least in part increased awareness of and concern regarding suicide prevention among unit commanders, other front line supervisors, and primary care providers; increased awareness and use of the relatively new ICD-9-CM diagnostic code that specifies “suicidal ideation”; decreased barriers to and perceived stigmas associated with care seeking for mental health concerns; and so on.

It sucks, to put it mildly..it’s horrific that the rate of soldiers thinking about killing themselves has risen over five years. Look at it…look at it hard m’dear reader…the numbers climb out of sight don’t they? And these are just the soldiers that say something to someone. It doesn’t include those that silently suffer and think about killing themselves before they fall asleep at night…or watch a buddy die.

From a Time magazine writeup on this same report:

The experience of combat itself may also play a role. “Combat increases fearlessness about death and the capability for suicide,” said Craig Bryan, a University of Texas psychologist, briefing Pentagon officials in January. The combination of combat exposure and ready access to guns can be lethal to anyone contemplating suicide. About half of soldiers who kill themselves use weapons, and the figure rises to 93% among those deployed in war zones.

Bryan, a suicide expert who recently left the Air Force, says the military finds itself in a catch-22. “We train our warriors to use controlled violence and aggression, to suppress strong emotional reactions in the face of adversity, to tolerate physical and emotional pain and to overcome the fear of injury and death,” he told TIME. While required for combat, “these qualities are also associated with increased risk for suicide.” Such conditioning cannot be dulled “without negatively affecting the fighting capability of our military,” he adds. “Service members are, simply put, more capable of killing themselves by sheer consequence of their professional training.

It’s maddening…it’s horribly sad and scary for me. It’s something that is so hard to spot, to deal with in civilian life…in military life…on the front lines…it has to be just friggin impossible at some point, as the suicide expert states…its a friggin Catch-22.

The multiple deployments is a main culprit…it has to be. Who in the blue hell can deal with the death and destruction over there over and over and over again without going off the deep end? I don’t give a rat’s ass that they get a year between deployments…that’s bullshit for me. Again from the Time article:

Chiarelli has singled out abuse of alcohol and prescription drugs by soldiers as a mental-health issue that can lead to suicide. “I think there’s a link to substance abuse in some of the issues we’re seeing,” Chiarelli said last month. A recent Army study shows that the percentage of soldiers in Afghanistan taking antidepressants and other mental-health drugs nearly tripled — from 3.5% to 9.8% — between their first and third deployments.(emphasis mine)

The Army’s corps of substance-abuse counselors is hundreds short of the number of trained personnel needed. “I have been pounding the system to say we have got to sit down and determine what we need after eight years of war,” Chiarelli said. That shortage has made it tougher “to handle what I think is a higher rate of substance abuse today than eight years ago.” Why is it higher? “I think it’s only natural you’re going to see that as soldiers come back [from war], you know, with the dwell time that they have [before returning to war], that we’re going to have a higher rate.” Last week, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said pressure on the Army means that for the next two years, soldiers will continue to ship off to their next combat tour without sufficient rest at home.

The friggin Army is short of counselors…wow, that’s a surprise right? Of course it’s not..the Army is short of personnel period…that is why so many of these men and women on the front lines are on their third fucking deployment. They drink and they take drugs to deaden the mental pain. We are not stupid and neither are they. Who could sleep at night after the shit they see and deal with daily? I sure as hell couldn’t. Bet none of us could. From another Time article on the same subject:

Army leaders say that broken personal relationships seem to be the most common thread linking suicides. “The one transcendent factor that we seem to have, if there’s any one that’s associated with [suicide], is fractured relationships of some sort,” Lieut. General Eric Schoomaker, the Army surgeon general, told a Senate panel last month. What they fail to note, however, is the corrosive effect repeated deployments can have on such relationships. Ritchie pointed out in January that there are “higher rates of mental-health problems and marital problems for multiple deployers.” (emphasis mine)

So the military leaders know what causes these problems. They friggin KNOW, yet multiple deployments continue unabated.

They continue because we refuse to end these wars. They continue because we are so damn short of personnel. The military wring their hands and tell Congress and others the truth, yet these wars continue…

Obama will sacrifice them for his forever wars…and yes they are HIS WARS now. And it makes me physically sick. These soldiers are just collateral damage for Obama and his henchmen. How disgusting and maddening is that?

My old video below is from the Blogswarm in 2008 and it was specifically about Iraq..it’s sadly just as timely today as it was years ago when I made it. Just change out Bush’s name for Obama’s and insert Afghanistan now.

To see the video,please click this link.

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14 Responses to Suidicial thoughts rise through the roof for military.

  1. jackjodell53 says:

    Dusty,
    For some reason, I couldn’t bring up the video, but no matter – the chart says it all. It is an indictment on our disgusting, profit-driven military/industrial complex and the government it controls that our youth are experiencing this terrible situation. We have been at war, or engaged in fierce combat with one supposed bad guy or another almost nonstop since World War II, and it is beginning to take its toll. The toll it’s taking is on our economy, our culture, our psyche, and our youth. We are obsessed with war and destruction, from the Military Channel TV network, to nonstop viral emails reminding us to support our troops overseas. Last night I spoke with a 25-ish young woman who is in the National Guard. I asked her whu she had joined, and why she intended on re-enlisting. Her answer? “Where else can you ride in a Blackhawk and do cool things like blow shit up?”

    Well, I can think of a lot better activity for a young woman to do than to “blow shit up” as she said. Perhaps, if she is sent out to actually she the consequences of her “blowing shit up”, she may herself be one of the growing number of those wishing to commit suicide. It is sheer insanity!

    • Dusty says:

      Jack it won’t work on this site. If you click through the DIVshare link you should be able to watch it. It worked for me.

      It is now Obama’s war.. May his god have mercy on his soul for continuing it..as I have none.

  2. jackjodell53 says:

    Typos galore. I meant “why” she had joined the Guard, and “to actually see the consequences of her blowing shit up.” But I think you caught my drift. When the hell are we going to see the value of doing CONstructive things, like investing in new infrastructure projects that build things and put people back to work?

    • Dusty says:

      Typos? Please dear..I am the queen of those suckers. 😉

      using Krells ID to attempt to get the video to work onsite..and it’s not damn it. ;(

      But you can watch it on my humble Blogger blog.

  3. Norman says:

    Thanks Dusty, The video says a lot. Can always count on you to make timely comments, additions, informative views. I do wonder now, with all that has been seeing the light of day, what all the veterans must be feeling about being used for first Bush’s warmongering and now “O”‘s? Whether or not the dilettantes/sycophants we call Congress understand what the hand writing on the wall says, is another matter. Common sense would dictate that with so many trained veterans being in the situation they find themselves in today, the fools should tread cautiously. As an aside, my Grandson has done 5 tours, now out of service, has P.T.S.D. or what ever the current name they use, 3 failed marriages and 3 children whom I’ve only seen pictures of as babies.

    Sorry for the long response, not to infer taking away from your post.

    • Dusty says:

      Norman, every soldier that has done multiple tours has problems at home. Most do get divorced. as I know quite a few wives that have said their husbands are changed and not for the better. I am so sorry for you and you rGrandson..it makes me cry and then it makes me very angry that his life was destroyed by these forever wars that are basically for nothing.

  4. Gwendolyn H. Barry says:

    The Indigenous Peoples of this living world have peacefully sustained the message: STOP! you KILL our Ancestor’s legacies, you KILL our living world, you KILL our Animal, Plant and Mineral Brothers and Sisters, STOP because you KILL US ALL. Who do the Indigenous Elders say this to? TO THE ONE- GOD- KILLERS. The ‘my god is better than your god’ club of Jews, Christians, Muslims…. and a few others… but the ONE GOD folks pursue suicide via corporate profiteering, overall. They take take take and never give back. The solider tools they use and discard…
    they don’t actually care, do they Dusty? They only care when the media turns it’s eye on them. And there is precious little of that.
    Thank you for posting this.
    It sickens’ me also.

  5. Krell says:

    Gwen is right on this. They run them through with several deployments and seem to forget them when they get out. Combat fatigue, Post Traumatic Stress, injuries with explosives causing brain trauma.

    Agree or disagree with the policies of their deployment but no matter what, you back them up when they get back. No questions. A lot of them need the help but will not ask for it. Keep silent and straight ahead, like they were trained.

    Sort of a side issue, but I had also heard of the routine denials of awarding Purple Hearts for brain trauma.

    Serious issue that needs to be made aware of. Thanks Dusty!

  6. Barbara Russo says:

    I lived through the Vietnam War and now I am witnessing this shit all over again. In watching the video that was posted, the song in the background stirred up old memories, it made me cry. Look who gets sent it to these wars, it is the minorities and the poor. Those are the ones who get sacrificed in all of this. It is a rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight. You know if the one’s who started this war had to sacrifice their kids along with the poor and the minorities, you would see how quickly this war would end. I am totally appalled by the number of suicides, but it doesn’t surprise me at all. The military brainwashes these young people to such and extent it is dangerous. I have been told they don’t have any programs to reaclimate these guys back to the real world once they do return. Look at some of the Vietnam vets today, they are still lost souls. It is all about greed and the president who started this and the president who is keeping it going……it is all going to be your Karma.

  7. scaredstiff says:

    As has been our history, the youth and troops we pretend to honor are throw away. Just fucking pawns to be used and discarded at will. I remember when our military didn’t have sufficient protection on those silly HumVees. Rumsfeld said that’s to bad,as they signed up and will use what we have. That’s when I had wished he’d go hunting with Cheney.
    We ask our military to do 4 and 5 tours of duty. 10 years! 10 fucking years of this shit.
    Believe me when I tell you it messes with your head. Yeah send them to the never ending war. They ask themselves, “what’s our objective”. When can we declare victory?
    When can we come home? The forgotten warriors have had enough. This wouldn’t have gone on this long if we had a draft. Yes suicides are up drastically. After a few tours I’d probably kill myself too. TY Dusty

  8. Thank you to everyone that watched my vid and read my bitchfest. 😉

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