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Complaints of stress in young soldiers strongly predispose to psychiatric morbidity and mortality: Danish national cohort study with 10-year follow-up

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Objective: Serving military can be regarded as exposure to a moderate enforced stressor independent of other vulnerability factors. The aims of this study were i) to explore psychiatric morbidity and mortality during 10 years of follow-up in a cohort of healthy adolescent Danish conscripts and ii) to investigate whether stress-related disorders precede other psychiatric disorders. Method: Controlled national cohort study on all psychiatric hospital contacts in young men referred to the Military Psychiatric Department (MPD) with 10 years of follow-up. Results: During the follow-up period, 24% of conscripts seen at the MPD were diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder compared with 4% in the control cohort. Almost all diagnostic categories were over-represented but especially psychotic disorders. Mortality was substantially increased. Of subjects initially diagnosed with stress-related disorders at the MPD, 20% later on developed psychopathology. Conclusion: Young healthy men complaining of mental distress following a stressor are strongly disposed to psychiatric morbidity and mortality. The study suggests that stress-related disorders often precede more severe psychopathology
Udgivelsesdato: 2008
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Vol/bind117
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)148-155
Antal sider7
ISSN0001-690X
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2008

Bibliografisk note

JEnglishArticleHageman, I, Univ Copenhagen Hosp, Dept Psychiat, Rigshosp,Blegdamsvej 9, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmarkida.hageman@rh.regionh.dk230BLACKWELL PUBLISHINGOXFORD9600 GARSINGTON RD, OXFORD OX4 2DQ, OXON, ENGLANDACTA PSYCHIAT SCANDFEBDiscipline: Psychiatry250RT

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