Topics tagged with "Veterans"

Soldiers and veterans and PTSD

Prevalence in soldiers and veterans

What is prevalence of PTSD in soldiers and veterans? Prevalence represents the overall proportion of individuals in a population who have the disorder of interest. It is different from incidence, which represents only the new cases that have developed over a particular time period. Point prevalence is the proportion of individuals who have the disorder at a given point in time. Period prevalence is the proportion of individuals who have the disorder over specific time periods. Lifetime prevalence is the proportion of individuals who have ever had the disorder. Lifetime morbid risk also includes those who had the disorder but…

Soldiers and veterans and PTSD

War and terrorism

Are war and terrorism risk factors for PTSD? Exposure to at least one trauma is required for a┬ádiagnosis of PTSD. The latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) determines direct traumas as threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence. Indirect traumas include witnessing the trauma, or learning that a relative or close friend was exposed to a trauma. Differences in trauma characteristics, along with differences in personal characteristics, may affect the risk of developing PTSD. What is the evidence regarding war and terrorism and PTSD? Moderate to high quality…

Prevalence in veterans

What is prevalence of bipolar disorder in veterans? Prevalence quantifies the proportion of individuals in a population who have a disorder during a specific time period, while incidence refers to the number of new cases that develop in a population during a specific time period. In disorders of short duration, incidence and prevalence rates may be similar, however with disorders of long duration, such as bipolar disorder, there can be variation between the two. Current, or ‘point’ prevalence is the proportion of individuals who have the disorder at a given point in time, ‘period’ prevalence measures the proportion of individuals…

Soldiers and veterans and PTSD

Prevalence in veterans and conflict settings

What is prevalence of schizophrenia in veterans? Prevalence quantifies the proportion of individuals in a population who have a disease during a specific time period, while incidence refers to the number of new cases of disease that develop in a population during a specific time period. In disorders of short duration, incidence and prevalence rates may be similar, however with disorders of long duration such as with schizophrenia there can be variation between the two. Does the prevalence of schizophrenia in veteran populations and conflict settings? Moderate quality evidence suggests the current prevalence of schizophrenia in elderly veterans in the…

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