WASHINGTON, July 28 (Xinhuanet) -- About 30 percent
of US soldiers coming home from Iraq have developed symptoms of mental disorder
three or four months after returning, according to a latest survey.
The survey, released Thursday by Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley, surgeon general of the US Army, said when the troops
left combat zones, only 3-5 percent of them were immediately found with serious
mental problems, which suggests the disorders have a latent period.
The symptoms include anxiety, depression, nightmares,
anger andan inability to concentrate.
In some severe cases of these symptoms, the soldiers
were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
The survey thus recommended the Army to follow up
mental statusof soldiers after they leave Iraq, rather than only conducting a
check upon their leaving.
In a pilot program conducted on 1,000 US soldiers
returning from Iraq to Italy last year, Army doctors found a much greater
percentage of mental health problems than they expected.
These mental problems usually stem form the stress of
combat, the sight of mutilated bodies and a sense of desperation when a urgent
situation is beyond control, according to Army doctors.
To prevent further increase of mental disorders among
US soldiers in Iraq, the Army has dispatched about 200 mental health experts to
provide guidance and treatment for mentally disordered soldiers. Enditem