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Researchers Uncover Potential Cause of Incresed Suicide Risk Among Active Soldiers

In 2008, “the suicide rate among active soldiers rose above the civilian rate among young healthy adults for the first time,” causing research on the possible causes of this increase. An article in The New York Times explains the research findings that “most of the Army’s enlisted men and women with suicidal tendencies had them before they enlisted, and that those at highest risk of making an attempt often had a long history of impulsive anger.” Researchers found that while reports showed many similarities in the suicide risk of civilians and of active soldiers, there was a great difference in impulse anger, as “The rate was more than 11 percent among surveyed soldiers, and less than 2 percent among young civilians.” This factor could be what causes soldiers to act on their suicidal thoughts.

Read it in The New York Times.