Military-related PTSD: A Focus on the Symptomatology and Treatment Approaches

Garske, Gregory G.
October 2011
Journal of Rehabilitation;Oct-Dec2011, Vol. 77 Issue 4, p31
Academic Journal
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are producing a new generation of veterans at risk for the chronic mental health problems that result, in part, from exposure to the stress, adversity, and trauma of war-zone experiences. Military returnees are experiencing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems in numbers not seen since the war in Vietnam. Beyond the treatment efforts offered by the Veterans Administration, other rehabilitation and mental health providers will be needed to provide ongoing services. The intent of this article is to focus on the symptomatology and treatment approaches related to PTSD. Although most military personnel returning from deployments will readjust successfully, a significant number of soldiers will exhibit PTSD or some other psychiatric disorders. Qualified professionals are and will be required to work with this population.


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