Suicidal behaviour is a critical problem in the military, among civilians during a war and among returning war veterans. Millions of people around the world were involved in many wars and military conflicts during the past 100 years. Nowadays, suicidal behaviour is a critical problem among soldiers and marines deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and returning war veterans. The U.S. Army's top Medical Officer has been reported as saying that commanders are seeking ways to address the alarming increase in suicides, including looking to their counterparts in the Air Force and in civilian agencies. This book is dedicated to the relationship between war and suicidal behaviour. The relationship between war and suicide is perplex. Understanding the impact of war on suicidal behaviour in the military, among civilians and war veterans is an important challenge for future research. This book is of interest to physicians, psychologists, other clinicians, experts in public health management, military people and war veterans.
Leo Sher, MD is a psychiatrist with a background in internal medicine. His areas of research and clinical expertise include neurobiology, diagnosis, and treatment of mood, anxiety, and personality disorders, alcoholism, and suicidal behavior. He is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Director of the Inpatient Psychiatry Service at the James J Peters VA Medical Center in New York. He has authored about 600 scientific publications, is a reviewer for numerous medical journals, the recipient of several awards and the first researcher in North America who introduced the use of the combined dexamethasone suppression/corticotropin-releasing hormone stimulation test for psychiatric purposes. Dr. Sher has experience as a forensic psychiatric expert and consultant.