Why are Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans seeking PTSD disability compensation at unprecedented rates?

Richard J. McNally, B. Christopher Frueh

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

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Abstract

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have produced historically low rates of fatalities, injuries, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among U.S. combatants. Yet they have also produced historically unprecedented rates of PTSD disability compensation seeking from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The purpose of this article is to consider hypotheses that might potentially resolve this paradox, including high rates of PTSD, delayed onset PTSD, malingered PTSD, and economic variables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)520-526
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Disability compensation
  • Malingering
  • PTSD
  • Veterans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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