Army Standardizes PTSD Diagnosis
Week of August 20, 2012
The U.S. Army, along with the other military services and the Department of Veterans Affairs, is standardizing the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Army medical community is now being trained on guidelines spelled out in Army Medical Command Policy Memo 12-035 (Apr. 10, 2012), Policy Guidance on the Assessment and Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The memo emphasizes the urgency of the issue. PTSD occurs in three to six percent of servicemembers with no deployment experience and in five to 25 percent of servicemembers who have been deployed to combat zones. For PTSD resources, visit the Army Behavioral Health PTSD Information webpage <http://www.behavioralhealth.army.mil/ptsd/index.html> . For an immediate crisis, visit the National Suicide Prevention Hotline website <http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/> and call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) <http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/> .