Mirror: 'Ten troops a day suffer mental health problems in fight against Taliban'

The Daily Mirror claims that the war on terror is taking its toll on the mental state of British troops with a "dramatic rise in the number seeking psychiatric help":

Worrying new figures have revealed 10 a day are now being treated for ­psychological problems as a result of the bitter fight with the Taliban.

The daily threat of roadside bombs, fierce gun battles and seeing comrades killed or horrifically maimed in the blood and dust of Afghanistan has led to a steep increase in the number of personnel suffering post-traumatic stress disorder.

But experts claim many troops hit by mental illness do not present with any symptoms until many years after the incidents that triggered the problems.

A report for the Government by former navy doctor and Tory MP Andrew Murrison calls for serving personnel to be screened for signs of psychiatric disorders in a bid to prevent chronic illness later. ...


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