The Army is changing how it assesses post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, and its treatment reports the Army News Service. The plan being put into action is to standardize diagnosis and treatment within the military branches and the VA.
Army Medical Command Policy Memo 12-035 (Apr. 10, 2012) spells out the guidelines for PTSD assessment and treatment. Among the changes:
- Discontinuing the “forensic psychiatric model” because it was focused too much on “malingering”
- Standardizing care such as use of the most effective medications and dropping others
- Standardizing new treatments based on research in military medicine but also first responders who deal with traumatic stress
Army medical leaders said it is critical to address and eliminate the stigma associated with seeking treatment for PTSD.
“There is still a stigma in society and in the Army, but I’ve seen an improvement over the years. We want Soldiers to reach out and seek help from the Army or even outside the base if they so desire,” said Maj. Gen. Richard W. Thomas, commander, Western Regional Medical Command.
The full Army News Service article is available HERE.