Post-Traumatic Stress and Mental Health in the U.S. Military: Issues and Response Efforts
Jeffrey N. Lentz (Editor)
Series: Military and Veteran Issues, Psychology Research Progress
The psychological health of active duty servicemembers has been an issue of significant concern for Congress in recent years, with particular attention to the links between deployments and psychological health concerns, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). News stories have emphasized the challenges faced by some servicemembers returning from deployments, but psychological health is a salient issue for the entire active duty force. Overall, mental health disorders have significant impacts on servicemember health care utilization, disability, and attrition from service.
In 2011, mental disorders accounted for more hospitalizations of servicemembers than any other illness and more outpatient care than all illnesses except musculoskeletal injuries and routine medical care. This book will discuss the prevalence of different psychological health concerns within the Armed Forces, current mental health screening and treatments, and DOD responses. It will also provide an overview of the recommendations of key reports and studies, past congressional actions and funding, and current issues for Congress. Finally, the book discusses specific mental health issues, including PTSD, alcohol and drug use disorders, depressive disorders, traumatic brain injury, and suicide in more detail. (Imprint: Nova)