US military fails to provide adequate therapy for soldiers with PTSD

“This post is of the largest independent examination of mental health treatment in the military. It shows that we fail attempting to provide even the minimum of treatment visits for these veterans in PTSD.” Bill Chesnut, MD

 US military fails to provide adequate therapy for soldiers with PTSD, depression, study finds

USA Today (2/18, Zoroya) reports that a study released Feb. 18 by the RAND Corp. suggests that the US military is “struggling to provide adequate therapy sessions for thousands of active-duty troops suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.” http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR978.html

According to the study, only a third of troops suffering from PTSD and fewer than a quarter of those suffering from clinical depression receive the minimum number of therapy sessions once they have been diagnosed. RAND “described the study as the largest independent examination of mental health treatment in the military.”

AMA News Febrary 21, 2016.