New study: Military spouses are hurting too

A new study published in the medical journal Depression and Anxiety found that one-third of the approximately 1.1 million U.S. military spouses suffer one or more psychiatric conditions.

Led by New York University School of Medicine’s Dr. Maria Steenkamp, the study highlights an urgent need for high-quality prevention and treatment services.

The study looked at baseline data from a 21-year longitudinal survey that followed nearly 10,000 military-affiliated married couples.

All US service branches and active duty, Reserve, and National Guard components were included.

Couples were surveyed over a two-year period of high military activity,  including  Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (between 2011 and 2013).

Study authors said that conditions diagnosed in the military spouses included: depression, anxiety,  PTSD, panic, alcohol misuse, insomnia, somatization, and binge eating.

The study found that having a partner who deployed with combat resulted in higher prevalence of anxiety, and insomnia.

One of the study’s authors is Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Charles Marmar is leading a recently announced, first-ever study to determine if oral CBD can reduce alcohol consumption in individuals suffering both PTSD and Alcohol Use Disorder.

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