Suggested Future Directions

  1. Conduct a sensitivity analysis that compares period prevalence (i.e. the current report) to lifetime prevalence and incidence rates of mental health diagnoses in the MHS.
  2. Delineate trends in mental health disorder diagnoses by mental health disorder (e.g. depressive disorders, PTSD, and anxiety disorders).
  3. Seek to identify individual-, treatment-, facility-, and environmental-level factors correlated with changes in prevalence of mental health disorders in the ADSM population between fiscal years 2005 and 2015. Assess the prevalence of each mental health disorder during this period.
  4. Investigate factors associated with the increased period prevalence of mental health disorders among Army personnel compared to other listed services. Analyses could identify risk factors associated with the onset of mental health disorders (e.g. race, rank, gender) that increase the likelihood of diagnosis.
  5. Determine demographic (e.g. race, gender, age, education) and geographic (e.g. state, region) distributions of mental health diagnoses among ADSMs, and use these variables to help predict future trends in mental health diagnoses.
  6. Assess whether clinic-level metrics, such as staffing levels and appointment availability   correlate with trends in prevalence of mental health diagnoses among diagnosed ADSMs. 
  7. Investigate the prevalence of comorbidities (i.e. multiple mental health diagnoses per ADSM) in the ADSM population. 
  8. Assess the impact of combat-related exposures among ADSMs (e.g. days deployed, region of deployment, number of deployments) on the prevalence of mental health diagnoses.