"Unsatisfactory examination for PTSS"

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1 August 2007, AMSTERDAM – The current system for determining whether soldiers suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSS) after deployment abroad is not satisfactory. Trouw reported this today after the publication of a survey by the University of Utrecht among Dutch soldiers who had served in Iraq. A PTSS diagnosis is currently made on the basis of a questionnaire filled in by soldiers. Researcher Iris Engelhard says an interview specifically for this purpose is needed to make a correct diagnosis.

1 August 2007

AMSTERDAM – The current system for determining whether soldiers suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSS) after deployment abroad is not satisfactory.
 
Trouw reported this today after the publication of a survey by the University of Utrecht among Dutch soldiers who had served in Iraq. A PTSS diagnosis is currently made on the basis of a questionnaire filled in by soldiers. Researcher Iris Engelhard says an interview specifically for this purpose is needed to make a correct diagnosis. 

Questionnaires to check for PTSS indicate that 7 percent of the soldiers who have been deployed suffer from the syndrome. That would be only 3 percent if interviews were held to determine whether they suffered from the syndrome, the researchers say. Psychological problems suffered by the soldiers often turn out to be caused by problems with partners or colleagues.

It also emerged that some of those who do suffer emotionally from the consequences of deployment manage to function normally despite their problems. Individuals are only considered to have PTSS is they are prevented from functioning because of their experiences.

Engelhard says there is a distorted view on the effects of PTSS and diagnosis is made too quickly. She and her fellow researchers concluded this after surveying 500 soldiers who had served in Iraq.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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