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Supporting veterans with post traumatic stress disorder

Black, M and Collier, EH 2014, 'Supporting veterans with post traumatic stress disorder' , Mental Health Practice, 18 (3) , pp. 14-20.

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Abstract

The very nature of working in conflict zones makes former soldiers vulnerable to symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The culture of the military can also mean that personnel do not seek help and can endure symptoms for years. The two main treatments recommended for veterans diagnosed with PTSD – group therapy and exposure to trauma – have been shown to reduce PTSD symptoms. Even though these are recommended, veterans are not receiving evidence-based treatments due to the lack of training and reduced numbers of healthcare staff. There are high dropout rates from treatment because of the stigma of mental illness and because veterans feel that healthcare professionals do not understand them. Also, in some cases, veterans cannot be treated if they are experiencing a comorbid mental health problem or addiction. It is recommended that more research is carried out with veterans who are diagnosed with PTSD. The combination of treatments and treatment specific to the era in which the veteran served might further improve recovery from symptoms. It may also be beneficial to develop an intense educational programme for health professionals about the military and their needs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mental health, veterans, military, post-traumatic stress disorder, NHS, exposure therapy, group therapy
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Mental Health Practice
Publisher: RCN Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1465-8720
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr Elizabeth Collier
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2014 11:39
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2015 12:22
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/33053

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