Posttraumatic stress disorder or midlife crisis in Vietnam veterans?

Social WorkVol. 39 Nbr. 3, May 1994

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Posttraumatic stress disorder or midlife crisis in Vietnam veterans?

In October 1980 the Veterans Administration recognized posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a compensable disorder (Bitzer, 1980). An estimated 500,000 to 1.5 million combat and noncombat veterans suffer from the disorder (Sierles, Chen, McFarland, & Taylor, 1983). In one state, more than 40 claimants per

month were being evaluated for PTSD by the Department of Veterans Benefits (Atkinson, Henderson, Sparr, & Deale, 1982).

PTSD occurs in a cluster of interrelated symptoms (American Psychiatric Association, 1980). The individual must have at least one of the following: persistent intrusive distressing recollecti...

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