(WASHINGTON) -- War veterans who return home and go to college are at a greater risk for suicide, according to a survey published in MedPage Today.
M. David Rudd of the University of Utah reported the findings at a recent American Psychological Association meeting in Washington after he and his colleagues surveyed 545 student veterans to determine the students' emotional adjustment, psychological symptoms and suicide risk upon returning from war.
Nearly half of the respondents -- 46 percent -- reported thinking about suicide, while more than a third of students said they suffered from "severe anxiety." Rudd and his colleagues say it is the first such survey conducted and that researchers found the results "surprisingly high."
In addition, 20 percent of the students said they had a plan for committing suicide and 10 percent thought about it often or very often.
Among the more stark findings was a relationship with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and risk of suicide. While 7.7 percent of the students said they had tried to commit suicide at some point, 82 percent of those who tried to said they also suffered from PTSD.
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