JOIN VNN COLUMNIST TEAM | SIGN UP FOR NEWSLETTER
VETERANS NEWS NOW ON : FACEBOOK | TWITTER | FORUM
|

Army Changes PTSD Evaluations Forensic Methods; Had Led to Loss of Pensions

PTSD Hanging Tree Jeremy Bergren (Marine Veteran, North Carolina)

The Army Surgeon General’s Office has issued new guidelines for diagnosing PTSD that criticize an approach once routinely used at Madigan Army Medical Center.

 

The policy, obtained by The Seattle Times, specifically discounts tests used to determine whether soldiers are faking symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. It says that poor test results do not constitute malingering.

 

By Hal Bernton at the Seattle Times 

 

The written tests often were part of the Madigan screening process that overturned the PTSD diagnoses of more than 300 patients during the past five years.

Madigan medical-team members cited studies that said fabricated PTSD symptoms were a significant — and often undetected — phenomenon.

They offered the tests as an objective way to help identity “PTSD simulators” among the patients under consideration for a medical retirement that offers a pension and other benefits.

The team’s approach once was called a “best practice” by Madigan leaders, including Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, a former commander who now serves as the Army’s surgeon general.

But earlier this year, amid patient protests about overturned diagnoses, the team was shut down as the Army launched several investigations. Though none of the Army findings have been publicly released, the April 10 “policy guidance” from the surgeon general charts new directions for PTSD screening at Madigan and elsewhere in the Army medical system. PTSD is a condition that results from experiencing a traumatic event, such as a battlefield casualty.

Symptoms can include recurrent nightmares, flashbacks, irritability and feeling distant from other people. Some people recover from PTSD. For others, it may be a lifelong struggle.

The new policy downplays the frequency of soldiers faking symptoms to gain benefits, citing studies indicating it is rare.

It also rejects the view a patient’s response to the hundreds of written test questions can determine if a soldier is faking symptoms for financial gain, and it declares that a poor test result “does not equate to malingering, which requires proof of intent … . ”

Short URL: http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/?p=213124

The views expressed herein are the views of the author exclusively and not necessarily the views of VNN or any other VNN authors, affiliates, advertisers, sponsors or partners. Notices

Posted by on Aug 2 2012, With 0 Reads, Filed under Coping, Editors' Picks, Medical, Medical Disability Benefits, PTSD. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.
Get Your Loan Now
Apply for VA Loan Now
Education
Get Your Loan Now
Get Your Loan Now
Get Your Loan Now
Apply for your VA Home Loan Now
Apply for your VA Home Loan Now
Apply for your VA Home Loan Now
Apply for Jobs on HireVeterans.com Now
Apply for Jobs on HireVeterans.com Now
Apply for Jobs on HireVeterans.com Now

COMMENTS

To post a comment, you must login using Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail in the box below.
Don't have a social network account? Register and Login direct with our site and post your comment.
Before you post, read our Comment Policy - Legal Notice


Comments Closed

No Comment for “Army Changes PTSD Evaluations Forensic Methods; Had Led to Loss of Pensions”

  1. Why isn’t this thread play in the main? Not many people scroll down to the other stories. This story is another example of the government sweeping aside the responsibilities of caring for the military members who put their life on the line because the majority of the American citizens are cowards who won’t serve their country.

Comments are closed

 

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Join Our Daily Newsletter
  View Newsletter ARCHIVE

WHAT'S HOT

  1. Ed Miliband latest Western politician ‘taken in’ by Sderot
  2. Hurtling into DARKNESS: America’s Great Leap Towards Global Tyranny
  3. Alison Weir: Why is the US Honoring a Racist Rabbi?
  4. Promoting a “Right to Heal” from Ft. Hood to Abu Ghraib
  5. Tech Business Has Increased Need For Hiring!
  6. Excavation Company Looking To Hire Skilled Veterans!
  7. CIA Terror Chief Pulls Rank in Kiev
  8. VA Researchers Receive Nation’s Top Award for Early Career Scientists
  9. Understanding Modern Israel: Why It Is Driving The World Towards Madness
  10. President Vladimir Putin’s letter to leaders of European countries
  11. BBC misreports John Kerry on talks failure
  12. A review of the role of workplace mobbing at Fort Hood, TX
  13. Washington and NATO’s New Surrealpolitik
  14. Chris Hedges: “Israel’s War on American Universities”
  15. Iran, Orientalism, and Western Illusions about Syria
  16. HHS announces progress in disease prevention and health promotion
  17. InfoCision IS Hiring U. S. Veterans For Their Call Center Solutions
  18. Look at the World from Behind the Wall: Part Two
  19. VA Hosts Senior International Forum and Ministerial Summit on Veterans Affairs
  20. “What we got here is failure to communicate”
  1. REXW: With all due respect to the comment above…” “As the U.S. military withdraws from Afghanistan,” it...
  2. Sean Steele: Jason more reason to dump those worthless parasites and declare Iran an allied nation. The world would...
  3. Sean Steele: This prophecy, by Benjamin Franklin, was made in a “CHIT CHAT AROUND THE TABLE DURING...
  4. jvmcdee: “…The 58-year-old spymaster is the embodiment of how Washington has itself become a secret,...
  5. Anonymous Nr: From an article by Janice Harper in 2011, about another incident of workplace violence:...

Apply for VA Home Loan Now!

Military Veterans Radio

Archives