Forever Changed: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Female Military Veterans, A Case Report
Article first published online: 24 SEP 2009
Journal compilation © 2009, Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume 45, Issue 4, pages 278–291, October 2009
How to Cite
Feczer, D. and Bjorklund, P. (2009), Forever Changed: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Female Military Veterans, A Case Report. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 45: 278–291. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2009.00230.x
- Issue published online: 24 SEP 2009
- Article first published online: 24 SEP 2009
- First received December 15, 2008; Revision received June 2, 2009; Accepted for publication June 14, 2009.
- Female veterans;
- Iraq War;
- military nurses;
PURPOSE. This paper examines the experience of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a female veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, including the barriers to treatment she encountered in an outpatient psychiatry clinic.
DESIGN AND METHODS. Case report data were obtained through review of records and interviews with a veteran combat nurse diagnosed with chronic PTSD.
CONCLUSIONS. Sex differences in PTSD are controversial, but PTSD in female military veterans is a significant problem. Gender may complicate diagnosis and treatment. This case report discusses these issues and invites further research.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. Advanced practice psychiatric nurses increasingly will see female veterans with PTSD in their practices.