A new study of Iraq veterans has researchers saying the vets are showing signs of serious mental health problems to come.
Over 600 soldiers participated in the study by taking mental function tests before going to Iraq, and again after they returned home.
The results of the study, which appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that veterans are more likely than other American troops to suffer mild memory and attention lapses after returning home. But, they also tend to have better reaction time.
Researchers said their findings could reflect the normal changes in a transition from the battlefield to the home front. They also warned, however, that if certain changes continue, there’s concern about soldiers developing troubles such as anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).