Between September 2001 and September 2005, 103,788 recently-returned veterans seen at VA health care facilities were included in the study. Of the 25% diagnosed with mental problems, 56% had 2 or more distinct mental health diagnoses. Overall, 32,010 (31%) received mental health and/or psychosocial diagnoses.
Mental health diagnoses were detected soon after the first VA clinic visit (median of 13 days), and most initial mental health diagnoses (60%) were made in nonmental health clinics, mostly primary care settings.
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