Physical Injuries; Psychological Treatment

Rebecca I. Porter

in The Oxford Handbook of Military Psychology

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

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Physical Injuries; Psychological Treatment

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This chapter discusses the psychological treatment of soldiers’ physical injuries and, more specifically, their sequelae. Rather than spending a great deal of time detailing explicit therapies and treatment techniques, it outlines considerations for how to conceptualize the situation and treatment of a soldier who presents with a primary diagnosis related to a physical injury. The chapter suggests viewing a soldier’s response to injury with consideration for the Army values and warrior ethos that are integral to how soldiers view themselves and the world. The apparent link between combat injury and the likelihood of developing psychological symptoms speaks to the need for understanding the soldier’s mentality and how it impacts the treatment of combat wounds, whether they are traumatic brain injury, loss of limb, or burns.

Keywords: combat wounded; resilience; traumatic brain injury; amputation; chronic pain; post-traumatic stress disorder; military family

Article.  5857 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Organizational Psychology

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