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Psychiatr Serv. 2013 Mar 1;64(3):280-3. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.001372012.

Treatment-seeking barriers for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts who screen positive for PTSD.

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  • 1Psychiatric Research Center, Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, NH 03766, USA. tracy.stecker@dartmouth.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Barriers associated with the decision not to seek treatment for symptoms of combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were examined.

METHODS:

Participants were 143 military men and women who served in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) and who screened positive for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as assessed by the PTSD Checklist-Military Version, and who had not sought treatment for PTSD. During a cognitive-behavioral telephone intervention, participants were asked about their beliefs concerning seeking PTSD treatment.

RESULTS:

Four categories of beliefs were associated with the decision to seek treatment, including concerns about treatment (40%), emotional readiness for treatment (35%), stigma (16%), and logistical issues (8%).

CONCLUSIONS:

This work suggests areas for intervention efforts to minimize barriers to treatment for PTSD for OEF/OIF veterans.

PMID:
23450385
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