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Mental Health Needs of Returning Veterans

J Clin Psychiatry 2013;74(10):e20
10.4088/JCP.12071tx2c

As more service members return from war zones around the world, clinicians must be prepared to treat them. Veterans with PTSD and other mental disorders must overcome the stigma associated with seeking treatment, and clinicians must equip these patients and their family members to deal with challenging symptoms. Clinicians should learn about military culture and jargon to better understand these patients and should become familiar with veteran resources to direct veterans and their families to the appropriate services. Clinicians may also need to communicate with their patients’ employers to help both parties deal with illnesses such as PTSD. A coordinated effort is needed to meet the needs of veterans and their families, and clinicians play an integral role in recognizing and meeting those needs.

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