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    Female Soldiers Twice as Likely to Be Diagnosed with Mental Health Conditions in Theater Than Males, Study Finds

    Female Soldiers Twice as Likely to Be Diagnosed with Mental Health Conditions in Theater Than Males, Study Finds

    Female U.S. soldiers were diagnosed with a mental health condition at more than twice the rate of male troops while deployed to a combat theater, and they exceeded the rate for males for all 12 of the mental health categories examined, a study has found.

    From 2008 to 2013 — a period selected for the study because of its high operations tempo — female troops who were deployed “consistently had higher rates than their male counterparts” for mental health diagnoses that included stress and adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, sleep issues and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, according to the research, published Wednesday by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division.

    The authors theorized that their findings may indicate that deployed female soldiers may actually have more mental health problems than males, with the effects of combat, family separation, sexual assault or harassment playing more of a role.

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    But they also said health care providers may be more likely to diagnose a female service member with a psychiatric disorder as a result of sex-based biases.

    “Implicit biases among primary care physicians resulted in female patients receiving less accurate diagnoses, made with less confidence, and less appro­priate treatment recommendations than male patients,” wrote the authors, led by Maegan Paxton…

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