Federal Report – Mental Health Disorder Prevalence among Active Duty Service Members in the Military Health System, Fiscal Years 2005–2016

A link to the report can be found here.

I remain skeptical of these numbers, having little confidence in the ability of most providers to accurately assess many of these issues, especially the more involved problems like bipolar and schizophrenia because I obviously have a bias and went my entire career without being diagnosed and mostly misdiagnosed if at all. There is too much vested interest in not identify problems by both providers and individual service members.

I would like to see a chart that follows post-separation for a period of 10 years and see how often a new diagnosis is made that changes these numbers. I think that is where our problem is hiding.

We have to start somewhere though.

This section contains trends in period prevalence of each mental health disorder of interest among active duty service members (ADSMs) including active Guard and reserves within each fiscal year from 2005 to 2016. Prevalence of diagnosis for each disorder is aggregated and also stratified by military service, which includes Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy. A patient may be diagnosed with multiple mental health disorders in a given year; in this case, that patient is captured in the graph for each disorder.