Unmet Need for Treatment of Substance Use Disorders and Serious Psychological Distress Among Veterans: A Nationwide Analysis Using the NSDUH
Authors: Golub, Andrew; Vazan, Peter; Bennett, Alexander S.; Liberty, Hilary J.
Source: Military Medicine, Volume 178, Number 1, January 2013 , pp. 107-114(8)
Abstract:ABSTRACT Many veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq experience serious mental health (MH) concerns including substance use disorders (SUD), post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression, or serious psychological distress (SPD). This article uses data from the 2004 to 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health to examine the prevalence of unmet MH needs among veterans aged 21 to 34 in the general population. The prevalence of untreated SUD among veterans (16%) was twice as high as untreated SPD (8%), a nonspecific diagnosis of serious MH concerns. Surprisingly, similar rates of untreated SUD and SPD were found among a nonveteran comparison sample matched on gender and age. These findings suggest that reducing unmet need for MH treatment for veterans in the general population may require improving outreach to all Americans and creating greater acceptance for MH treatment. The need for further analyses of reasons for not obtaining treatment is discussed.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2013-01-01
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