Drone pilots experience same rates of mental health problems

A study by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center has found that pilots of drones experience mental health problems – such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD – at the same rates as pilots of manned aircraft. Although the report did not investigate why this might be, the story in the New York Times suggests several causes, including: witnessing violence on live feeds (often at high resolution), working in isolation for long hours, crew shortages, and “juggling the simultaneous demands of home life with combat operations”.

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