Return Troops Face Both Physical and Mental Challenges: Women Suffer from More Conditions Than Men, Study Finds

Peter Gric

The authors analyzed data for over 90,000 men and women who use Veterans Health Administration (VHA) services to compare the number of diagnosed medical conditions suffered by returning soldiers with PTSD and by those with no mental health condition

The majority of both men and women had a diagnosed mental health condition. The burden of medical illness was greater for those with post-traumatic stress disorder than for those with no mental health issues, with women worse off than men. Women with PTSD suffered more medical conditions than did those with no mental health condition — a median value of 7 conditions versus 4.5, the most frequent of which were lower spine disorders, headache and lower extremity joint disorders.

What is the reason or cause for this?  Any Ideas?

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100920081330.htm

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