Mental Health Teams Deploying to Frontlines With Marines in Iraq

The Navy and Marine Corps are sending teams of mental health professionals to the frontlines.

The move comes after studies showed a jump in the past five years in cases of combat-related mental health disorders.

Psychologists and psychiatrists have long treated military service members on bases and in field hospitals.

But the deployment of teams of psychological professionals - one per regiment - this month marks a new approach in identifying and treating mental health before problems arise.

The Army adopted a similar approach last year, and has been deploying behavioral health specialists to patrol with its troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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