Treatment Options For Service Members

Military personnel share the same common issues with which civilians struggle. When a service member deploys with unresolved, common civilian life issues, a combat situation can greatly complicate or exacerbate that issue or create new ones, leading to PTSD or TBI or both. In this Assignment, you consider the treatment options for service members who return from deployment with a new diagnosis.

By Day 7

Submit a 4- to 5-page paper that proposes treatment options for military service members who return from combat with one of the following diagnoses:

  • PTSD from combat
  • PTSD from sexual assault
  • TBI
  • Substance abuse
  • Insomnia

 

Required Readings

Currier, J. M., Holland, J. M., & Drescher, K. D. (2014). Residential treatment for combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder: Identifying trajectories of change and predictors of treatment response. Public Library of Science One, 9(7), e101741. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0101741

Department of Veterans Affairs & Department of Defense. (2017). VA/DOD clinical practice guideline for the management of posttraumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder. Retrieved from https://www.healthquality.va.gov/guidelines/MH/ptsd/VADoDPTSDCPGFinal.pdf 

Polusny, M. A., Kumpula, M. J., Meis, L. A., Erbes, C. R., Arbisi, P. A., Murdoch, M., … Johnson, A. K. (2014). Gender differences in the effects of deployment-related stressors and pre-deployment risk factors on the development of PTSD symptoms in National Guard Soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 49, 1–9. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2013.09.016

Xue, C., Ge, Y., Tang, B., Liu, Y., Kang, P., Wang, M., & Zhang, L. (2015). A meta-analysis of risk factors for combat-related PTSD among military personnel and veterans. Public Library of Science One, 10(3), e0120270. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.012027

Hoggatt, K. J., Prescott, M. R., Goldmann, E., Tamburrino, M., Calabrese, J. R., Liberzon, I., & Galea, S. (2015). The prevalence and correlates of risky driving behavior among National Guard soldiers. Traffic Injury Prevention,16(1), 17–23. 10.1080/15389588.2014.896994

Koffel, E., Polusny, M. A., Arbisi, P. A., & Erbes, C. R. (2013). Pre-deployment daytime and nighttime sleep complaints as predictors of post-deployment PTSD and depression in National Guard troops. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27(5), 512–519.