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In recent years, the military suicide rate has risen above the rate for the general population, a reflection, experts say, of the stress of rapid-tempo combat operations and multiple deployments. Additionally, the high rate of traumatic brain injury associated with roadside bombs in Afghanistan and Iraq is believed to have contributed to depression and PTSD among soldiers.
Psychiatric News has provided extensive coverage of the crisis involving suicides and the soaring rate of PTSD in the military, including at http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/44/5/4.1.full. Additionally, see The Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury, 2nd edition, published by American Psychiatric Publishing Inc. Purchase information is posted at http://www.appi.org.