Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Military Veteran

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      Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has followed in the wake of wars throughout history, even wars that have been brief and successful. Soldiers are at marked risk for chronic functional impairment as well as specific psychiatric conditions such as dysthymia, panic disorders, obsessive disorder, and others. Premilitary functioning and genetics play definite roles in the likelihood of developing PTSD, whereas long-term outcome depends upon a number of additional factors such as severity of combat exposure and chronic physical disabilities. Primary prevention, understandably, is both desirable and difficult, and secondary prevention is both attainable and effective. Likewise, treatment is significantly effective in some, but not all, veterans.
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