Mental health problems are on the rise among armed forces

Mental health problems are on the rise among armed forces

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE 
DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AFFAIRS 

RAJYA SABHA 
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.3212 
TO BE ANSWERED ON 23rd March, 2020 

MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS IN THE ARMED FORCES 

3212. DR. SANTANU SEN: 

Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state: 

(a) whether it is a fact that mental health problems are on the rise among armed forces; 

(b) the number of mental health cases reported in last five years along with the name and status of the top ten mental health problems; and 

(c) whether cases of fratricide are on the rise, if so, the details thereof?

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ANSWER 
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE 
SHRI SHRIPAD NAIK 

(a) & (b): The number of psychiatric disorder cases reported in last five years in Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy (IN) are as under:

Year
Number of cases
IAF
IN
2014
371
181
2015
287
166
2016
225
154
2017
194
136
2018
280
99

As per Annual Health Report – 2018, the rates of mental health problems due to all causes per 1000 individual in respect of Indian Army are as under:

Year Rate per 1000 individual
2014 3.19
2015 3.12
2016 2.63
2017 2.50
2018 2.63

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Specific data of mental health cases in numbers is not centrally maintained by the Indian Army.

The Annual Health Report of the Indian Navy captures the data on mental health problems in the form of Psychotic and Neurotic disorders and as per that 59% of Psychiatric diseases were Psychotic and 41% were Neurotic.

As per Annual Health Report – 2018, the recorded available data on the commonest mental health cases in Indian Army are as under:

Sl. No. Morbidity Cause
Year (Rate per 1000)
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
(i) Neurosis 0.95 1.04 0.85 0.89 0.82
(ii) Psychosis 0.28 0.26 0.21 0.20 0.22
(iii) Unspecified 0.00 0.06 0.02 0.01 0.01
(iv) Miscellaneous 1.96 1.76 1.55 1.40 1.58

The top ten psychiatric disorder problems in IAF are as follows (but not as per the order):

(i) Unspecified mood disorder
(ii) Acute intoxication
(iii) Schizophrenia
(iv) Delusional disorder
(v) Adjustment disorder
(vi) Bipolar Affective disorder
(vii) Moderate depressive episode
(viii) Generalised anxiety disorder
(ix) Panic disorder
(x) Alcohol Dependence Syndrome

(c) No, Sir.

Source : RAJYA SABHA

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