Mental illness sharply increases in young men

More and more young men in Austria are suffering from mental illnesses, according to a report by the Austrian Armed Forces.

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Roxane Seckauer Der Standard, Austria
Source: Der Standard
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Why this story matters:

The aptitude test for the Austrian army was always "something like a health barometer," says Christian Langer, head of the army's psychological service.

Every young Austrian man must submit to an examination of his suitability for armed service. The procedure takes both physical and mental health into account. Every ailment is recorded, resulting in a reliable overview of the health of male adolescents.

In recent years, mental illness has become the main cause for young men being declared unsuitable for the armed forces.

Depression and anxiety disorders are common, but also general adjustment problems.

These issues are often connected with unfavorable living conditions. For example, many young men live in broken families, have no functioning social network and are addicted to drugs. This can result in several diagnoses per person, because mental distress often goes hand in hand with physical problems.

Details from the story:

  • When it comes to addiction, there were marked differences between regions, with some areas appearing to be more "problematic".
  • So-called "adjustment problems" can mean a variety of difficulties, especially with learning, reading and writing.
  • The physical condition of men has also worsened significantly.
  • Young men are now increasingly obese and out of shape.
  • 30% were diagnosed with psychological issues.
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