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Complex Contribution of Combat-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to Veteran Suicide: Facing an Increasing Challenge
Version of Record online: 20 JUN 2011
© 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume 48, Issue 2, pages 108–115, April 2012
How to Cite
Lee, E. A. D. (2012), Complex Contribution of Combat-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to Veteran Suicide: Facing an Increasing Challenge. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 48: 108–115. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2011.00312.x
The author reports no actual or potential conflicts of interest. No external or intramural funding was received.
Disclaimer: The article is the opinion of the author and may not reflect the opinion of the US Department of Defense or Veterans Affairs.
- Issue online: 27 MAR 2012
- Version of Record online: 20 JUN 2011
- First Received January 20, 2011; Final Revision received April 18, 2011; Accepted for publication April 26, 2011.
- Cognitive therapy;
- post-traumatic stress disorder;
PURPOSE: The purpose of this case study is to present the complex contribution of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to suicide and international standards of treatment among veterans deployed to the Middle East.
CONCLUSIONS: PTSD carries increased physical and psychological health risk in combat soldiers. Internationally, guidelines for PTSD promote cognitive behavior therapies, specifically exposure therapy, as first line treatment; however, implementation varies among countries.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Evidence supports the benefit of exposure-based psychotherapy for combat-related PTSD. Commonly prescribed antidepressants and other psychotherapy treatments may not be as beneficial.