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Cleve Clin J Med. 2012 Feb;79(2):92-7. doi: 10.3949/ccjm.79a.11069.

Posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and suicide in veterans.

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James J. Peters Veterans Administration Medical Center, Bronx, NY 10468, USA. Leo.Sher@mssm.edu

Abstract

Suicidal behavior is a critical problem in war veterans. Combat veterans are not only more likely to have suicidal ideation, often associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, but they are more likely to act on a suicidal plan. Especially since veterans may be less likely to seek help from a mental health professional, non-mental-health physicians are in a key position to screen for PTSD, depression, and suicidal ideation in these patients. The authors discuss the association of PTSD, depression, and suicide in veterans, keys to assessment of suicide risk, and interventions.

PMID:
22301558
DOI:
10.3949/ccjm.79a.11069
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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