Nurses helping returning military personnel with PTSD
The current and long standing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are producing a large population of soldiers returning home with extensive physical and mental illnesses. The most common mental health illness in soldiers is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A large portion of these soldiers are not being treated for their mental illness because they are not seeking help, they cannot find or access help and they are being misdiagnosed. This failure to get appropriate and timely mental health treatment for PTSD causes a wide array of adverse effects personally and on the community. Soldiers suffering from untreated PTSD are more likely to be unemployed, divorced, use more medical services, be abusive to their spouses, and get fired from employment. The purpose of this thesis is to promote an understanding about why many of these soldiers are not being treated for PTSD, inform nurses about how to detect soldiers in need of care and aid them to get appropriate care. This research was conducted through nursing and psychiatric databases as well as information from the Veterans Administration and books to further expand upon resources and studies on this topic.
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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Nursing
Dissertations, Academic -- Nursing;Nursing -- Dissertations, Academic
Length of Campus-only Access
Honors in the Major Thesis
Hively, Giselle G., "Nurses helping returning military personnel with PTSD" (2010). HIM 1990-2015. 1082.