Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health among the Armed Forces Personnel

Authors

  • Umar Rashed Munir Assistant Director of Medical Services, 17 Infantry Division
  • Md Jubayer Salehin General Officer Commanding, 17 Infantry Division and Area Commander, Sylhet Area, Bangladesh
  • Sheikh Sujaur Rahman Commanding Officer 75 Field Ambulance
  • Muhammad Kamal Hossain GSO-2 Education, 17 Infantry Division

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/jafmc.v17i2.58359

Keywords:

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Impact of Event Scale (IES), Intrusion, Avoidance, Hyper-arousal

Abstract

Introduction: There is a wide consensus that the COVID-19 pandemic not only affects physical health, but also mental health and well-being. It can lead to heightened levels of distress and cause anxiety, fear, denial or depressive symptoms among the military personnel.

Objective: To assess the impact of COVID-19 on mental health among the confirmed cases of Armed Forces Personnel of Sylhet and Jalalabad Cantonment.

Methods: A total of 180 participants were selected using convenience sampling. The mental health was assessed by a 22 items Impact of Event Scale-Revised (IES-R) adopted from Horowitz 1979. The scale comprised of 3 subscales of intrusion, avoidance and hyper-arousal which represents major symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Stress for job, financial issue, home and feeling horrified or helpless due to the COVID-19 were also assessed.

Results: This study revealed that 47.7% were experiencing moderate distress whereas 30.1% were experiencing high to severe post-COVID stress. Mean stress was observed as 41.5 ± 19.0. Mean Intrusion (34.9 ± 22.9) and Hyper-arousal (27.8 ± 23.5) depicted mild to moderate but Avoidance (58.5 ± 20.9) revealed a higher level of stress. A majority were not at all stressed for their job (56.7%) or financial issue (49.4%). But stress for family (28.4%), feeling horrified (35.6%) and helpless (36.6%) were quite high.

Conclusion: The study observed a moderate to high prevalence of mental health symptoms among the COVID affected personnel which was considered to be significant and demands appropriate intervention.

JAFMC Bangladesh. Vol 17, No 2 (December) 2021: 7-11

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.
Abstract
29
PDF
21

Downloads

Published

2022-05-30

How to Cite

Munir, U. R. ., Salehin, M. J. ., Sujaur Rahman, S. ., & Kamal Hossain, M. . (2022). Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health among the Armed Forces Personnel. Journal of Armed Forces Medical College, Bangladesh, 17(2), 7–11. https://doi.org/10.3329/jafmc.v17i2.58359

Issue

Section

Original Papers