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JAMA Psychiatry Clinical Challenge
April 2017

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in a Young Adult Military Veteran

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 3Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York
  • 4New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, New York
JAMA Psychiatry. 2017;74(4):417-418. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.3334

A young man was referred by his Veterans Affairs (VA) primary care provider to the outpatient mental health clinic due to concerns for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. He served in the military for 4 years, including a 6-month tour in Iraq. While in Iraq he worked as an assault vehicle operator and was involved in frequent foot patrols. He reported numerous traumatic experiences, including frequent receipt of incoming fire, multiple ambushes, and an explosion by an improvised explosive device (IED) that injured several fellow soldiers (see Theme 1, Fear Conditioning, in related Educational Review).1

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