Study shows drone pilots are as prone to stress disorders as those in combat

Study shows drone pilots are as prone to stress disorders as those in combat

A new study conducted by the US Defense Department shows that drone pilots are equally susceptible to mental health problems and disorders compared to pilots of manned aircraft. Despite typically carrying out their duties a safe distance away from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, individuals behind the controls are falling victim to anxiety, depression, and stress just as frequently as traditional pilots. The study was conducted by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, and while it stops short of calling out specific reasons for the link, The New York Times says its authors have several possible explanations. “Remotely piloted aircraft pilots may stare at the same piece of ground for days,” co-author Jean Lin Otto…

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