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Post-traumatic Stress Disorders

Last update: 10 July 2014,
by Maureen Bell


This page is divided into two sections. The first focuses on military psychiatry, and the second has a broader focus on post-traumatic stress, disasters and terrorism. Further lists of books and journal articles relating to post-traumatic stress disorder can be found on my bibliographies and reading lists page. There are also lists on disasters, on military psychiatry, and on terrorism.

For practice guidelines related to post-traumatic stress and its treatment click here.


Military Psychiatry

ADF Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy
The 2011 ADF publication Capability through mental fitness: Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy, provides a blueprint for the development of the 2012-2015 Mental Health and Wellbeing Action Plan; which will allow the finalisation of the Dunt review (Review of Mental Health Care in the ADF and Transition through Discharge) recommendations, and align Defence with the national mental health reform agenda.

ADF Mental Health Reform Program
Includes full text of a number of reports.

At Ease
Mental Health resources (for both veterans and their families, and health professionals) from the Department of Veterans' Affairs

Dents in the Soul: Dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
A video produced by the Australian Department of Defence - Joint Health Command, dealing with post traumatic stress disorder in a military context.

DVA Mental Health Strategy
The Veteran Mental Health Strategy was released by the Department of Veterans' Affairs on 27th May 2013.

Mental Health in the Australian Defence Force and Transition Through Discharge
Includes the full text of Professor David Dunt's Review of Mental Health Care in the ADF and Transition through Discharge, January 2009, as well as the Government's reponse.

The mental health of serving and ex-Service personnel: A review of the evidence, and perspectives of chief stakeholders
By Chiara Samele. A report prepared by the Mental Health Foundation on behalf of the Forces in Mind Trust, May 2013.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Diagnosis and Assessment
Subcommittee on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder of the Committee on Gulf War and Health: Physiologic, Psychologic, and Psychosocial Effects of Deployment-Related Stress. Washington D.C., National Academies Press, 2006.

Preventing Psychological Disorders in Service Members and Their Families: An Assessment of Programs
Committee on the Assessment of Resiliency and Prevention Programs for Mental and Behavioral Health in Service Members and Their Families, Board on the Health of Select Populations. Edited by Laura Aiuppa Denning, Marc Meisnere, and Kenneth E. Warner. Washington D.C., National Academies Press, 2014

PTSD Compensation and Military Service
Committee on Veterans' Compensation for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Board on Military and Veterans' Health. Washington D.C., National Academies Press, 2007.

Returning Home from Iraq and Afghanistan: Assessment of Readjustment Needs of Veterans, Service Members, and Their Families
Committee on the Assessment of Readjustment Needs of Military Personnel, Veterans, and Their Families, Board on the Health of Select Populations. Washington D.C., National Academies Press, 2013.

Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Military and Veteran Populations: Initial Assessment
Committee on the Assessment of Ongoing Efforts in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Washington, D.C., National Academies Press, 2012.

Unsung Heroes: developing a better understanding of the emotional support needs of Service families
By Matt Fossey. London, Centre for Mental Health, May 2012.

War Neuroses : Netley Hospital, 1917 : Wellcome Film
This film is from the Wellcome Film collection, an online digital collection of moving images on 20th-century healthcare and medicine, chronicling the history of medicine over the last 100 years. The film shows the symptomatology of shell-shock in 18 men and its treatment by two leading R.A.M.C. neurologists in two British military hospitals towards the end of the First World War.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorders

All In The Mind - 9 October 2004 - When trauma tips you over: PTSD Part 1
All In The Mind - 16 October 2004 - The Scene of the Crime: One Too Many? PTSD Part 2
All In The Mind - 28 October 2006 - Therapy in the shadow of terror
All In The Mind - 12 February 2011 - The mind in crisis: to debrief or not to debrief?
Transcripts and audios from All in the Mind, a series on ABC Radio National. Other programs can be found here

Annual Literature Summary - Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
Includes articles in the field of trauma, PTSD and related conditions. It is not intended to be a comprehensive literature review and does not provide a critical analysis; rather, it is a selection of articles published during the year that ACPMH consider important contributions to the trauma and mental health field. Material on military mental health is included.

Bessel van der Kolk
Bessel van der Kolk is a world authority on PTSD. This web page, from the Trauma Center of the Justice Research Institute, describes his work and links to some of his writings.

CDC | Disaster Mental Health Resources
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States.

David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages
This is an excellent site with many links to journal articles and reports.

Disaster Psychiatry Resources
The Disaster Psychiatry page was developed by the American Psychiatric Association Committee on Psychiatric Dimensions of Disaster to provide information useful to psychiatrists in preparing for and responding to disasters and other traumatic events.

Mental Health Response to Mass Violence and Terrorism: A Training manual
The document was written by Deborah J. DeWolfe, and reviewed by a group of experts on mass violence and mental health response. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, 2004.

Natonal Center for PTSD
The National Center for PTSD, in the United States provides resources for both professionals and the public.

NIMH Ā· Coping with Traumatic Events
An extensive collection of resources from the National Institute of Mental Health in the United States.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Gateway
A public service of the Dart Foundation in the United States.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders - NHS Evidence
From the NHS in the U.K., information for both health professionals and the public.

Preparing for the Psychological Consequences of Terrorism: A Public Health Strategy
Committee on Responding to the Psychological Consequences of Terrorism, Board on Neuroscience and Behavioral Health, Institute of Medicine. Washington, D.C., National Academies Press, 2003.

Trauma | SAMHSA
Publications on trauma, from the The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) in the United States.

Trauma ResponseĀ®
From the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, a collection of articles, many of which have appeared in their journal Trauma Response.

Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Military and Veteran Populations: Final assessment.
Institute of Medicine. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2014.

Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: An Assessment of the Evidence
Committee on Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Institute of Medicine. Washington D.C., National Academies Press, 2008.

WHO | Mental Health and Emergencies
A collection of World health Organization documents on refugees and those exposed to conflict situations.