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The Iraq War Clinician Guide, 2nd Edition

The Iraq War Clinician Guide was developed by members of the National Center for PTSD and the Department of Defense. It was developed specifically for clinicians and addresses the unique needs of veterans of the Iraq war.

Cover Page

I. Executive Summary

Key Topics

II. Topics Specific to the Psychiatric Treatment of Military Personnel           

III. The Returning Veteran of the Iraq War: Background Issues and Assessment Guidelines

IV. Treatment of the Returning Iraq War Veteran

Special Topics

V. Treatment of Medical Casualty Evacuees  

VI. Treating the Traumatized Amputee           

VII. PTSD in Iraq War Veterans: Implications for Primary Care       

VIII. Caring for the Clinicians Who Care for Traumatically Injured Patients 

IX. Military Sexual Trauma: Issues in Caring for Veterans   

X. Assessment and Treatment of Anger in Combat-Related PTSD

XI. Traumatic Grief: Symptomatology and Treatment for the Iraq War Veteran

XII. Substance Abuse in the Deployment Environment         

XIII. The Impact of Deployment on the Military Family        


A. Case Examples from Operation Iraqi Freedom           

B. VA/DoD PTSD Practice Guideline

C. VA Documents on Service Provision        

D. Assessment of Iraq War Veterans: Selecting Assessment Instruments and Interpreting Results

E. Program Evaluation           

F. Litz, B. T., Gray, M. J., Bryant, R. A., & Adler, A. B. (2002). Early interventions for trauma: Current status and future directions. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 9, 112-134.        

G. Keane, T. M., Street, A. E., & Orcutt, H. K. (2000). Posttraumatic stress disorder. In M. Hersen & M. Biaggio (Eds.), Effective brief therapies: A clinician's guide (pp. 140-155). New York: Academic Press.    

H. Friedman, M. J., Donnelly, C. L., & Mellman, T. A. (2003). Pharmacotherapy for PTSD. Psychiatric Annals, 33, 57-62.          

I. Friedman, M. J., Schnurr, P. P., & McDonagh-Coyle, A. (1994). Post-traumatic stress disorder in the military veteran. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 17, 265-277.

J. Educational Handouts for Iraq War Veterans and Their Families

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