Description - Emotional Aftermath of the Persian Gulf War by Robert J. Ursano
Emotional Aftermath of the Persian Gulf War explores the impact of war from a unique perspective -- it addresses not only the effect of trauma on soldiers in combat but also the toll war takes on families and communities as a whole. In this book, experts from the Department of Defense (including Dick Cheney, former Secretary of Defense, who provides the preface), the Veterans Administration, the National Institute of Mental Health, Israel Defense Forces, and academia provide an integrated look at the psychiatric and psychological effects of war and the treatment of war-related stress and psychiatric disorders. The authors focus on the experience of servicemembers and of their families in response to deployment, separation, and loss, and reintegration after the war. They discuss the treatment of combat casualties, those with and without psychiatric illness, who were rapidly returned home still in the acute stage of their injuries. The authors emphasize providing the best support, both medically and psychologically, for military personnel and their families for the essential mental health and effectiveness of the fighting force and the improved quality of life of individual people.
The special needs of families and of reserve and guard members are considered, and models of community outreach programs for coping with the stressors of war are discussed. Unique in terms of the role that technology played -- including live TV coverage, Patriot missiles, and "smart" bombs -- the Gulf War was a part of the day-to-day lives of the fighting forces and their families, communities, and nations.
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(229mm x 152mm x 33mm)
American Psychiatric Press Inc.
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Author Biography - Robert J. Ursano
Robert J. Ursano, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, School of Medicine. He is Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Chair of the APA Committee on Psychiatric Aspects of Disaster, and member of the American College of Psychiatrists. Dr. Ursano has authored over 100 publications on the effects of trauma, war, and disaster. Ann E. Norwood, M.D., is Assistant Professor and Assistant Chairperson, Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, School of Medicine. She is a member of the APA Committee on Psychiatric Aspects of Disaster. She coordinated training of physicians and health care providers for returning veterans of Operation Desert Storm (ODS) and their families, served on the Department of Defense ODS ReviewCommittee. Dr. Norwood has authored numerous publications and monographs on the effects of war and disasters.