New book examines post-traumatic stress disorder and its links to chronic disease

Date: Apr 26 2012

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Washington, D.C., April 26, 2012 — With a growing number of returning veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, APHA Press from the American Public Health Association has published a timely book, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Chronic Health Conditions, addressing this serious health concern. The book, by Steven S. Coughlin, PhD , explores how post-traumatic stress disorder is likely to be a key pathway through which traumatic exposure leads to chronic health conditions.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that can occur among persons exposed to traumatic events, including our nation’s military and veterans. The focus of this book is on the relationship between post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic health conditions, including other psychiatric conditions; substance abuse and dependency; chronic pain; obesity; diabetes and the metabolic syndrome; cardiovascular disease; and traumatic brain injury. 

“As cases of post-traumatic stress disorder continue to rise, particularly among our military service men and women, this timely new book is a critical addition to our understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder and its relationship to other adverse health outcomes,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of APHA. 

This book is a unique multidisciplinary collaboration of senior scientists and clinicians from the Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C.; the War Related Illness and Injury Study Centers at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Palo Alto, Calif., and Washington, D.C.; and at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Durham, N.C., Patient Care Services at the Department of Veterans Affairs and leading academic institutions. 

In conjunction with this new book, APHA is also providing open access to a special supplement of the American Journal of Public Health, focused on veterans’ mental health and suicide prevention. The free, full-text articles can be accessed via the AJPH website.

According to Robert Bossarte, PhD, of the Department of Veterans Affairs, which provided funding for March 2012 Supplement, "Prevention of suicide among veterans and members of the active U.S. military remains a top public health priority. The main objective of the March supplement was to provide public health professionals and policy specialists with a current and comprehensive source of information on suicide, established and emerging risk factors, and prevention strategies focusing on those with history of U.S. military service.”

Book Ordering Information: Published by APHA Press, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Chronic Health Conditions, 978-0-87553-016-1, soft cover, $40.00 ($28.50 APHA member price) plus shipping and handling. To order, call toll-free 888-320-APHA; fax 888-361-APHA; e-mail APHA press or visit the APHA Bookstore.

Requests for a review copy should be sent by email to David Hartogs.

The March 2012 Supplement to the American Journal of Public Health is available online.

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