Assessment and treatment of combat-related PTSD in returning war veterans

J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2011 Jun;18(2):164-75. doi: 10.1007/s10880-011-9238-3.


Over the past 9 years approximately 2 million U.S. military personnel have deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom in and around Afghanistan. It has been estimated that 5-17% of service members returning from these deployments are at significant risk for combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many of these returning war veterans will seek medical and mental health care in academic health centers. This paper reviews the unique stressors that are related to the development of combat-related PTSD. It also reviews evidence-based approaches to the assessment and treatment of PTSD, research needed to evaluate treatments for combat-related PTSD, and opportunities and challenges for clinical psychologists working in academic health centers.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Academic Medical Centers
  • Afghan Campaign 2001-*
  • Checklist
  • Combat Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Combat Disorders / psychology
  • Combat Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Interview, Psychological
  • Iraq War, 2003-2011*
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Patient Care Team*
  • Personality Assessment
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Psychotherapy / methods*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / diagnosis*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / rehabilitation*
  • Veterans / psychology*