August 3, 2011

Interventions for War-Related Posttraumatic Stress DisorderMeeting Veterans Where They Are

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Office of the Army Surgeon General, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Silver Spring, Maryland.

JAMA. 2011;306(5):549-551. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1096

A decade of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq has caused a substantial mental health burden for war veterans and their families, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). (The term veterans in this article includes personnel still remaining in service.) The postdeployment PTSD prevalence in US infantry personnel has averaged 10% to 20%, often coexisting with depression, substance misuse, and other concerns.1