Anxiety on the rise among active U.S. military

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In the past 13 years, 217,409 incidents of anxiety disorders were diagnosed among the active component of the U.S. Armed Forces, according to data from the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report issued by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center.

From 2000 to 2012, the unadjusted incidence rate of anxiety disorder diagnosis among active service members was 117.2 per 10,000 person-years.

Anxiety rates increasing

"In the US Armed Forces, mental disorders ... are a leading cause of morbidity, disability, health care service utilization, lost duty time and attrition from military service," Army Col. William Corr, deputy director of the division of epidemiology and analysis at the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, said in a press release. "Incidence rates of mental disorders diagnoses overall and anxiety disorders in particular have increased sharply among US military members during the past 10 years."

Among the 205,717 incidents cases cited (from a total of 217,409 total incidents), non-specific anxiety disorder was most common. Generalized anxiety was the next in order, amounting to 14.3 percent of the total.

Additionally, within one year before or after their case-defining anxiety disorder encounter, about one-third of service members diagnosed with an anxiety disorder also were diagnosed with an adjustment (34.3 percent) or a depressive (33.5 percent) disorder.

 
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