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21st Century Textbooks of Military Medicine - War Psychiatry: Combat Stress, Postcombat Reentry, Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD, Prisoners of War, NBC Casualties (Emergency War Surgery Series)

War Psychiatry: Combat Stress, Postcombat Reentry, Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD, Prisoners of War, NBC Casualties (Emergency War Surgery Series)

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From the much-referenced and highly acclaimed Textbooks of Military Medicine series, War Psychiatry addresses the mental health issues faced in combat, including combat stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, and postcombat reentry. Topics covered in this massive book, with over 800 pages, include:

Traditional Warfare Combat Stress Casualties * Disorders of Frustration and Loneliness * Neuropsychiatric Casualties of Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Warfare * Psychiatric Principles of Future Warfare * A Psychological Model of Combat Stress * U.S. Army Combat Psychiatry * U.S. Air Force Combat Psychiatry * U.S. Naval Combat Psychiatry * Combat Stress Control in Joint Operations * Debriefing Following Combat * Postcombat Reentry * Behavioral Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury * Disabling and Disfiguring Injuries * Conversion Disorders * Chronic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder * The Prisoner of War * Follow-Up Studies of Veterans * Acronyms

A companion volume, Military Psychiatry: Preparing in Peace for War, addresses these issues in a peacetime military and is also available from Progressive Management in ebook format.

Stresses are greatest during actual combat, but begin with notification of a deployment, and often continue after the fighting is over as the participants deal with the aftermath of the battlefield, which may include post-traumatic stress disorder, especially if they have been prisoners of war or experienced mutilating injuries. This volume discusses the evolution of the concept of combat stress reaction, the delivery of mental health care on the various battlefields our soldiers are likely to experience, and the psychological consequences of having endured the intensity and lethality of modern combat.
The concept of the stress casualty has changed considerably from times past when the symptoms of stress breakdown were thought to be evidence of cowardice and thus were punished rather than treated. As our understanding of the dynamics of the stress casualty and the battlefield environment have increased, we have discovered that the most important lesson learned from previous wars is the need for timely and appropriate handling of stress casualties. Psychiatric casualties should be seen as close to the battlefield as possible (proximity) and as quickly as possible (immediacy), and should be provided with rest and nutrition. They should be told that their symptoms are normal in combat and that they will recover (expectancy). These are the principles of proximity, immediacy, and expectancy, known by the PIE acronym. Psychiatric casualties treated under these principles are more likely to recover than those for whom treatment is delayed or occurs far from the battlefield. These principles can also be utilized in debriefing groups exposed to unusual stress whether in combat or in disasters (critical incident debriefing). This early intervention often prevents later development of chronic post-traumatic stress disorders.

While the principles of combat psychiatry are relatively universal, their application may vary in the different military services, depending on the mission. Thus, service-specific scenarios and issues are presented in separate chapters on combat psychiatry in the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Navy. An important area addressed in this volume is the need for uniform psychiatric procedures in joint operations, which will likely be more common in the future.

This is a privately authored news service and educational publication of Progressive Management. Our publications synthesize official government information with original material - they are not produced by the federal government.