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WASHINGTON, Dec 16, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Experts are predicting a flood of troubled soldiers returning from Iraq with serious mental health problems brought on by war.
An Army study shows that about one in six soldiers in Iraq report symptoms of major depression, serious anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder, the New York Times said Thursday.
That figure could climb to one in three, as it was in Vietnam, the report said.
Some experts predict that the number eventually requiring mental health treatment could exceed 100,000.
"There's a train coming that's packed with people who are going to need help for the next 35 years," said Stephen L. Robinson, a 20-year Army veteran who is now the executive director of the National Gulf War Resource Center, an advocacy group.
Psychiatrists say the kind of fighting seen in the recent retaking of Fallujah is tailored to produce the adrenaline-gone-haywire reactions that leave lasting emotional scars.
Copyright 2004 by United Press International.