Higher rates of mental disorders have been reported in British soldiers who were deployed to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a new study has revealed.
Results of the King’s College London study, published on Monday, said rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have increased among the British soldiers over the past years, mainly due to repercussions of deployments to Iraq (2003-2011) and in Afghanistan (2001-2014).
The study said rates of probable PTSD among current and former serving military personnel increased from four percent in 2004-2006 to six percent in 2014-16.
The research, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, also showed that frontline soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan were most affected, but those who have since left the military have also been grappling with higher rates of PTSD.
The PTSD rates among ex-military personnel who had combat roles in the two wars was about 17 percent while six percent of those who were…