ERIC Number: EJ911713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
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Treating Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans with PTSD Who Are at High Risk for Suicide
Jakupcak, Matthew; Varra, Edward M.
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, v18 n1 p85-97 Feb 2011
Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans diagnosed with psychiatric disorders commit suicide at a higher rate than the general population (Kang & Bullman, 2008). Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been identified as a risk factor for suicide in veterans (Bullman & Kang, 1994) and is the most common mental disorder among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans presenting for treatment at Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities (Kang, 2009). Therefore, it is critical for health providers to identify veterans with PTSD who are at high risk for suicide in order to more effectively intervene to promote safety, stabilization, and reduce psychiatric symptoms. In the following paper, we discuss risk for suicide in veterans with PTSD and application of cognitive behavioral therapies to reduce suicidality in high-risk patients. We also discuss pertinent clinical issues common to treating Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans with PTSD.
Descriptors: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Suicide, At Risk Persons, Patients, Foreign Countries, Veterans, Therapy, Counseling Techniques, Identification, Mental Disorders, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Afghanistan; Iraq