Combat-Related Stress Reactions Among U.S. Veterans of Wartime Service

Amy W. Wagner and Matthew Jakupcak

in The Oxford Handbook of Military Psychology

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195399325
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Combat-Related Stress Reactions Among U.S. Veterans of Wartime Service

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Although many military personnel and veterans demonstrate resilience and growth following high-stress military operations, a sizeable proportion experience a range of mental health and adjustment difficulties during their service and post-deployment. This chapter reviews the current literature on the most common mental health difficulties experienced by present-day U.S. military and veteran populations exposed to combat, with an emphasis on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide. Attention is given to factors related to the development and maintenance of these difficulties and evidence-based practices for the treatment of these disorders. We conclude with a brief discussion of barriers to treatment, innovative strategies to address those barriers, and recommendations to improve treatment and readjustment for those who have served in high-stress military operations.

Keywords: PTSD; mental health; suicide; war; veterans

Article.  10774 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Organizational Psychology

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