Traumatic Brain Syndrome in Veterans

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Issue: Traumatic Brain syndrome in veterans Introduction: Soldiers returning from combat face a wide range of challenges in adjusting to civilian life. These challenges are compounded by the high susceptibility of combat-experienced soldiers to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and overlapping symptoms of traumatic brain syndrome. As the two articles considered hereafter demonstrate, the U.S. military has sought better ways of understanding the primary symptoms and health consequences of traumatic brain syndrome with an interest in driving better outreach and treatment. The discussion will address the value of both articles in contributing to this aim. Two Quantitative Studies: The first study due for consideration is that by Truedau et al, published in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences in 1998. The study centers on the aforementioned overlap between sufferers of PTSD and sufferers of traumatic brain injury in order to determine accurate ways of screening for the latter of these conditions. The study presents a quantitative assessment of specific medical screening results in order to produce an empirically sound mode of predicting some of the negative repercussions of untreated traumatic brain injury. According to Trudeau et al (1998), "combat veterans with a remote history of blast injury have persistent electroencephalographic features of traumatic brain injury as well as attentional problems. The authors hypothesize that these constitute a
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