29 September 2011
PTSD and Iraq
Figley, Charles harles R., and William William P. Nash. Combat Stress Injury, Theory, Research, And Management. Brunner-Routledge, 2007. . This book defines PTSD as a chronic, debilitating psychological condition that occurs in a subset of persons who experience or witness, life-threatening traumatic events. PTSD is characterized by re-experiencing, avoidance, and hyperarousal symptoms that occur over time and lead to significant disruption of one’s life. during a course of treatment using prolonged exposure, typically four treatment components are administered over 9-12 sessions lasting 90 to 120 minutes each: (1) psychoeducation about the symptoms of PTSD and …show more content…
It states that even the most serious post-deployment problems can be treated and cured. Some problems that soldiers face in not seeking treatment is that they think they can cope with the problem themselves, they think that others can’t help them, or some think the problem will just go away on its own, and also some are embarrassed to talk to someone else about the problems that they are facing. Some of the signs to watch for in someone returning from war are problems in their relationships, poor performance and attendance in school or work, and if they have thoughts of hurting someone or themselves. The earlier that treatment is sought, the easier it will be to prevent problems that could …show more content…
The RAND report also found that only about half of those affected had sought help, and out of those that did seek help about half of them received “minimally adequate treatment”. It is estimated that the cost of treating every one of the 300,000 PTSD cases is about $660 billion. PTSD is also linked to the doubling of the suicide rate of the personnel returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.
Husted, Kristen risten N., and Capella Capella University. School of Psychology. Rural Living Combat Veterans---an Exploration On Issues With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder And Reintegration Post Combat-returning To A Small Town. ProQuest, 2008. . This was a study done about the difference of effects of PTSD on rural and non-rural veterans. The results indicate a significant difference in adjustment and symptoms of PTSD amongst rural combat veterans when compared to non-rural combat veterans. Second, the rural combat veterans’ perception of their reintegration experience is unique. Lastly, the rural combat veterans’ reintegration is process is perceived as significantly different than the non-combat