This study examines whether there is a change in the mental health of UK service personnel when they return from deployments from Afghanistan.
Fear et al identified a small but significant increase in probable post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in UK military personnel from around 3% in first year post deployment to around 6% by year 5. As yet it is not clear what factors are linked to the increase in probable PTSD, and therefore, serial measurement of poor mental health would be helpful.
Banwell E, Greenberg N, Smith P, et al. J R Army Med Corps Published Online First: doi:10.1136jramc- 2015-000425