Study: Closeted soldiers at increased risk for mental health challenges

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BY ZACK FORD
ThinkProgress

new study from the University of Montana found that gay soldiers who continue to remain closeted while serving are much more vulnerable to mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety disorders, drug use, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and attempted suicide. About 20 percent of people in the study were discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Researchers argue that even with the repeal of DADT, harassment and victimization of LGB soldiers will likely continue to be a problem in the military, leading to some of these same consequences. In contrast, past studies have also shown that out employees in any workforce not only succeed more themselves, but improve the productivity of their colleagues.

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