The Current Controversies series examines today's most important social and political issues. Each volume presents a diverse selection of primary sources representing all sides of the debate in question.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Is PTSD Among Returning Solders Widespread?
Overview: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Affects Soldiers Returning Home Celia Simon 19
Yes: PTSD Is Very Common
PTSD Threatens Lives and Challenges Public Health Mohammad S. Jalali 40
Mental Health Professionals Take Veterans' PTSD Seriously Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen 44
No: PTSD Is Over-Diagnosed
PTSD Has Taken Over America Alice Karekezi 48
PTSD Claims Inspire Skepticism Among Active Military Members Scott Faith 56
Chapter 2 Can a PTSD Diagnosis Be Exploited?
Overview: Exposure to Combat and Physical Assault Leads to PTSD Mayo Clinic Staff 61
Yes: Diagnosing PTSD Is Fraught with Complications
PTSD Needs Better and Consistent Diagnosis Peter Barglow 69
There's No Wrong Way to Respond to Post-Traumatic Stress: National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association 82
Returning Soldiers View PTSD Diagnoses as Self-Fulfilling Doom David Dobbs 91
No: Diagnosing PTSD in Soldiers Is Standard Operating Procedure
Extensive Research Results in New, Effective Diagnosis Guidelines Tori DeAngelis 102
Iraq and Afghan War Vets Reap the Benefits of Technological Advances Wayne Kinney 109
Be Aware of the New Standard for PTSD Diagnosis Matthew J. Friedman 115
Chapter 3 Is PTSD a Valid Mental Health Disorder?
Overview: Literature, History, and the DSM All Document PTSD Marc-Antoine Crocq Louis Crocq 129
Yes: PTSD Is a Real Mental Illness
In Some Cultures, PTSD Is Understood as a Part of War Sebastian Junger 146
Many Different Factors Can Cause PTSD Sally Satel 166
Identifying Psychological Injury Helps Diagnosis and Treatment David Forbes 172
No: PTSD Is a Misdiagnosis and a Misnomer
PTSD Is Not a Mental Illness Denise Williams 176
Pre-Wartime Experiences Contribute to PTSD Morena Lauth-Lebens Gerhard W. Lauth 179
PTSD is Really Just a Political Ploy John Grant 196
Chapter 4 Do Returning Soldiers with PTSD Get the Treatment They Need?
Overview: The VA Faces Challenges with Returning Soldiers' Mental Health Claims Leighton Walter Kille 209
Yes: Returning Soldiers Are Given the Proper Amount of Help
A Carolina Community Provides Resources for Treatment: Charlotte Bridge Home, Foundation for the Carolinas 219
Creative Expression Is Effective in Treating PTSD Joshua Smyth Jeremy Nobel 228
Talking It Out Helps Veterans Deal with PTSD: Goodtherapy.org 248
No: Returning Soldiers With PTSD Are Left in the Lurch
PTSD Treatment Is Barely Adequate Terri Tanielian 257
VA Health Program Falls Short in Providing Care Shefali Luthra 267
Suicide Is a Tragic Outcome of Inadequate PTSD Care Robert Wilbur James L. Knoll, IV 271
Organizations to Contact 278