Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Rehabilitation Counseling

Advisor

Robertson, Stacia

Abstract

The topic of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in veterans returning from the military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan is reviewed in an in-depth study through a comprehensive review of the literature. A thorough definition of PTSD is provided. An approach to identifying the pertinent literature will be outlined. The importance of the topic is discussed, including prevalence as well as impact to the individual veterans affected. Impact on veterans’ families will also be reviewed, as well as how PTSD is affecting the nation and society. Various treatments and barriers to treatment will be reviewed, along with screening tools and prevention methods. An interpretation of the literature and its implications will be provided. Conclusions, implications, and recommendations will be offered to conclude the study.

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