Pre-deployment Year Mental Health Diagnoses and Treatment in Deployed Army Women.

Administration and policy in mental health

PubMedID: 27368233

Wooten NR, Adams RS, Mohr BA, Jeffery DD, Funk W, Williams TV, Larson MJ. Pre-deployment Year Mental Health Diagnoses and Treatment in Deployed Army Women. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2016;.
We estimated the prevalence of select mental health diagnoses (MHDX) and mental health treatment (MHT), and identified characteristics associated with MHT during the pre-deployment year (365 days before deployment) in active duty Army women (N = 14,633) who returned from Iraq or Afghanistan deployments in FY2010. Pre-deployment year prevalence estimates were: 26. 2 % for any select MHDX and 18. 1 % for any MHT. Army women who had physical injuries since FY2002 or any behavioral health treatment between FY2002 and the pre-deployment year had increased odds of pre-deployment year MHT. During the pre-deployment year, a substantial percentage of Army women had MHDX and at least one MHT encounter or stay. Future research should determine if pre-deployment MHDX among Army women reflect vulnerability to future MHDX, or if pre-deployment MHT results in protection from chronic symptoms.