MISSOULA, Mont. — A new study from the University of Montana found that gay soldiers who stay in the closet while serving are much more vulnerable to mental health challenges including depression, anxiety disorders, drug use, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and suicide, Think Progress, a Center for American Progress Action Fund blog, reported last week.
Among the findings:
- Suicide rates of 14.7 percent for LGB soldiers compared to .00003 percent for the entire veteran/soldier community.
- LGB service members are twice as likely to develop alcohol problems.
- Are five times as likely to show signs of PTSD
- 68.7 percent of those surveyed were “constantly” trying to hide their sexual orientation, Think Progress reported.
Researchers said that even with the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” harassment and victimization of LGB soldiers will likely continue while past studies have shown employees in any workforce succeed more and have increased productivity with themselves and colleagues when out, Think Progress reported.