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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Women Returning from Combat

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Meeting Summary
Washington, DC

Sponsored by:
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
DynCorp International
Magellan Health Services, Inc.

In December 2008, the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) organized and co-sponsored a meeting on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Women Returning from Combat in Washington, D.C. with support from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Women’s Mental Health Team as well as DynCorp International, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, and Magellan Health Services, Inc. In addition, the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs participated in the meeting, which brought together experts in the field to review sex and gender differences in PTSD, identified gaps in research, and generated ideas for new research approaches and initiatives. Speakers discussed the neurobiology of sex and gender differences, as well as the trajectories of female and male PTSD over time, and the latest data on the differing incidence and prevalence of PTSD in males and females, in both civilian and military populations. Speakers also elucidated existing systems of care, including both private sector and military systems. Participants identified strategies for advancing research as well as practical knowledge needed by clinicians in the field. SWHR will prepare and issue a white paper from the meeting proceedings addressing these topics.

For more information, please contact Kathleen O’Leary, M.S.W., 301-443-3945.