Caring for Veterans with Deployment-Related Stress Disorders: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Beyond

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According to recent studies, at least one fourth of military personnel returning from duty in Afghanistan and Iraq have received a diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Whether the causes stem from a more complex environment in these post-9/11 war zones, or from higher rates of survival of injuries, the prevalence of PTSD and other war-related stress disorders among returning military personnel is on the rise.

Veterans of any war face major challenges reintegrating into civilian society, but these challenges become much more complex with an accompanying stress disorder. This book explores the myriad causes and consequences of these peculiar war-zone disorders and emphasizes prevention and treatment through better assessment, psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions, and appropriate evidence-based treatments. Contributors to this book are leaders in the clinical and research communities devoted to studying and treating PTSD and other war-trauma stress disorders among military personnel. The editors of the volume are all top officials and researchers at the National Center for PTSD of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433809255
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/15/2011
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,169,014
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors ix

Introduction: Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Active-Duty Personnel and Veterans Josef I. Ruzek Paula P. Schnurr Jennifer J. Vasterling Matthew J. Friedman 3

I Epidemiology and Course 11

Chapter 1 Epidemiology of Trauma Events and Mental Health Outcomes Among Service Members Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan Rajeev Ramchand Terry L. Schell Lisa H. Jaycox Terri Tanielian 13

Chapter 2 Posttraumatic Stress Reactions Over Time: The Battlefield, Homecoming, and Long-Term Course Jennifer J. Vasterling Erin S. Daly Matthew J. Friedman 35

II Assessment 57

Chapter 3 Assessment of Trauma, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Related Mental Health Outcomes Dawne S. Vogt Lissa Dutra Annemarie Reardon Rebecca Zisserson Mark W. Miller 59

Chapter 4 Assessment and Treatment in Polytrauma Contexts: Traumatic Brain Injury and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder David L. Butler Robin A. Hurley Katherine H. Taber 87

Chapter 5 Assessment and Management of High-Risk Suicidal States in Postdeployment Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Military Personnel Cynthia A. Claassen Kerry L. Knox 109

III Noncombat Stressors and Their Ramifications 129

Chapter 6 Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault During Military Service Amy E. Street Rachel Kimerling Margret E. Bell Joanne Pavao 131

Chapter 7 Couple and Family Issues and Interventions for Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Candice M. Monson Steffany J. Fredman Casey T. Taft 151

Chapter 8 Meeting the Wartime Needs of Military Children and Adolescents Stephen J. Cozza 171

IV Prevention and Treatment 191

Chapter 9 Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, Battlemind, and the Stress Continuum Model: Military Organizational Approaches to Prevention William P. Nash Lillian Krantz Nathan Stein Richard J. Westphal Brett Litz 193

Chapter 10 Evidence-Based Treatments for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Military Personnel Barbara O. Rothbaum Maryrose Gerardi Bekh Bradley Matthew J. Friedman 215

V A Public Health Approach 241

Chapter 11 Barriers to Mental Health Treatment Engagement Among Veterans Tracy Stecker John Fortney 243

Chapter 12 Enhancing Systems of Care for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: From Private Practice to Large Health Care Systems Josef I. Ruzek Sonja V. Batten 261

Conclusion: Understanding the Effects of Deployment to a War Zone Paula P. Schnurr Josef I. Ruzek Jennifer J. Vasterling Matthew J. Friedman 283

Index 295

About the Editors 311

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