January 15, 2009--The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) held a round table lunch discussion addressing the management challenges presented by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and possible options for developing policies to foster post-traumatic growth (PTG). Post-traumatic stress disorder has hit the force particularly hard; however, some individuals also experience positive changes, a phenomenon referred to a post-traumatic growth. Indeed, service members may experience PTG along with PTSD or other mental of physical injury, and DOD and VA are increasing their efforts to understand PTG and resiliency. How might post-traumatic growth be incorporated into military mental health management? Or would a focus on growth and resiliency undermine efforts to improve treatment for those most gravely affected? This conversation will help frame the forthcoming CNAS report on the national security implications of PTSD and strategic options for incoming Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) leaders.
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Dr. Lynda Davis
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy
Director of Policy, Veterans for America
Captain DJ Skelton
United States Army
Dr. Richard Tedeschi
Professor, UNC Charlotte Clinical Community