Combat Stress Equal for Female Soldiers



Post-traumatic Stress and a new generation of veterans

Support Groups

PTSD
Depression
Anxiety
Chronic Pain
Drug
Grief
Morphine
Stress

What is post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Describing post traumatic stress in combat veterans

Describing post traumatic stress in combat veterans

Remember those who are supporting our freedom yesterday, today and in the future

Spousal Post-traumatic stress and effects on families and friends

What are the symptoms of post-traumatic stress

What are the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress

Treatment Methods for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Misdiagnosis of PTSD as another preexisting disorder is becoming used by DoD doctors to discharge military personal with no outside benefits

The USA is experiencing an upword cases of Suicide

Remember those who are supporting our freedom yesterday, today and in the future
Females in Combat

Shortchanging Vets

Remember those who are supporting our freedom yesterday, today and in the future

How Personal health is affected by post traumatic stress disorder

National Service Organizations that help veterans with ptsd

Personal experiences with the Department of Veterans Affairs

Remember those who are supporting our freedom yesterday, today and in the future

Remember those who are supporting our freedom yesterday, today and in the future

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Information Bookstore

With PTSD a little humor must shine!

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) links Page

   

 

 

 


Stress Equal for Female Soldiers


USA Today | August 18, 2005

Army women in support units exposed to combat don't have any higher post-traumatic stress or depression rates than their male counterparts a few months after leaving Iraq, according to a pilot study due today.

It's believed to be the first research comparing the mental health of men and women in violence-prone support jobs -- medics, mechanics, drivers -- in Iraq, says Army Lt. Col. Carl Castro, chief of military psychiatry at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Castro was scheduled to report his results to the American Psychological Association meeting in Washington, D.C.

"If the argument is women can't handle the stresses of combat as well as men, we see no evidence of a sex difference in these units," Castro says. Women can't serve in front-line combat, "but truck drivers in Iraq have the dangerous jobs," he says, and Army women fill about 10% of such support jobs.

Castro gave mental-disorder screening tests to a random sample of men and women in such posts -- 50 women and 300 men -- three months after their deployment ended. He says there wasn't a statistical difference between the two sexes: About 6% of men and 8% of women had depression, and 11% of men and 12% of women had PTSD symptoms.

"It's possible that sex differences could develop later on," Castro says, "but right now we don't think women need any more mental health help than men."

He had no mental health reports on the soldiers before deployment, so he could not say how combat affected any pre-existing emotional problems.

Not everyone says it's a good idea to put women in positions that could come under fire. "It's not because women don't have 'the right stuff.' Women are very tough mentally," says Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America, a public policy group that favors traditional family values. "But the best-trained women still can't keep up with the best-trained men physically. If we're putting men in harm's way, we owe them battle colleagues who are just as strong as they are."

Although front-line combat is not permitted for women, "the military has skirted that by putting them in these 'support' roles. It's tantamount to having them in combat," Crouse says.

Says Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women: "There is no job that women should be excluded from because of their gender. If you can do the job, you should have an opportunity to get the job. If you can't, you shouldn't be there, male or female."

Copyright 2005 USA Today.



Site by PTSD Support Services, Woodland Park CO: |

webmaster