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A study done on over 1,000,000 U.S. Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have showed those with a mental illness are 21-25 percent more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. The participants in the study were diagnosed with a mental illness such as post traumatic stress, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other mental health disorders. Of the mental health disorders those with schizophrenia and bipolar are the most likely to abuse drugs and alcohol.
This study helps researchers and scientists find ways to help veterans with these mental disorders. With the increasing amount of mental health disorders developing in Veterans it is very important to make sure these important individuals are not hurting themselves. These Veterans have fought for their lives and others, therefore others should be doing studies like this to help fight for them.