This book tells the professional and personal experiences of American military psychiatrists and their colleagues in the longest conflict in American history. These highly trained men and women treat service members for the psychological consequences from their experiences in battle, including killing enemy combatants; seeing wounded and killed civilian casualties; losing their friends in combat; factoring in personal mental health needs, including psychiatric drug treatment; and potentially dealing with their own physical injuries from being shot or blown up.
The volume consists of 20 short first-person case studies from the mental health providers who have been risking their lives while treating patients in the battlefield since 9/11. Written by expert psychiatrists who have experienced these challenges directly, this texts offers both a clinical and personal account that is not found anywhere else. Topics include tips on providing psychotherapy in battle, evaluating and treating detainees in war prisons such as Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, and the unique challenges of prescribing medication to patients who are also comrades in war.
Psychiatrists in Combat is uniquely positioned to be a valuable resource for psychiatrists interested in trauma and veterans, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, military health personnel, and mental health professionals interested in military psychiatry.
Written by experts in trauma on the battlefield
The only book to include case studies on personal and professional battlefield experiences
Offers a unique perspective on treating military veterans that is not presented elsewhere
About the Author:
Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, MD, MPH COL (Ret) US Army Chief Medical Officer District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health Washington DC USA Acting Medical Director Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program Department of Behavioral Health Washington DC USA Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Georgetown University School of Medicine Washington DC USA Professor of Psychiatry Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) Bethesda, MD USA Previous work experience includes: Psychiatry Consultant to the Army Surgeon General Chief, Forensic Psychiatry, Walter Reed Health Care System Chief, Inpatient Psychaitry, Walter Reed Health Care System Chief, Community Psychiatry, Walter Reed Health Care System Medals: Legion of Merit Expert Field Medical Badge Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal w/One Oak Leaf Clusters Army Commendation Medal w/Three Oak Leaf Clusters Global War of Terrorism Medal Army Achievement Medal Overseas Ribbon (Two) National Defense Service Medal (Two) Korean Service Ribbon Expeditionary Medal Dr. Ritchie was the chair for 9 workships during 2014 APA.