Post Deployment Health and Distress Responses: Overview for Practitioners   [open pdf - 176KB]

"As the Global War on Terror continues, more service members will be exposed or re-exposed to combat experiences. This exposure will affect them as well as countless military spouses, children, parents, siblings, and friends of the deployed. Studies of service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan show that the vast majority will ease back into their day-to-day lives after a period of transition and reintegration. But, some portion (up to 20% of returning service members) is likely to continue to endorse symptoms that are consistent with emotional problems such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression. Clinical conditions like these generally benefit from treatment. Other returning service members may fall somewhere between these two groups or may demonstrate changed behaviors that are worrisome to family members or friends, such as increased alcohol consumption, aggression or reckless driving. In addition to the serious conditions of PTSD or depression, there are a range of distress responses that are often forgotten or overlooked, but can compromise the health of the service member and his/her family. Knowing when a veteran is simply readjusting to life back home or when he or she may require clinical intervention to ease that transition is confusing for families and medical practitioners. This fact sheet recognizes the important role of medical providers in addressing these issues."

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