Soldiers’ Suicide Attempts Often Come Without Prior Mental Health Diagnosis

Many U.S. Army soldiers who attempt suicide have no prior diagnosis of a mental health issue, new research shows, and such histories may not be a good predictor of a soldier’s suicide risk.”The study is one of few to be able to examine risk of suicide attempt among those without a past mental health diagnosis,” said study lead author Dr. Robert Ursano. He directs the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.

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