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Mapping the Landscape of Deployment Related Adjustment and Mental Disorders: A Working Group to Inform Research

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Location: Rockville, Maryland

NIMH joined the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Research and Development, and the Department of Defense, United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, for a meeting to discuss progress and challenges in addressing deployment-related adjustment problems and mental disorders. The goals of the meeting were to identify major scientific questions that needed answers; areas where science was ahead of practice (or behind public health demand/need); whether research currently underway was adequate; and opportunities to coordinate across the relevant Federal research programs. Presentations and discussion revolved around the following five broad and overlapping topics: causes, correlates, and risk for post-traumatic stress disorder; early detection and intervention; co-occurring health conditions; occupational, family and social adjustment/functioning; and healthcare services. For more information, please contact Dr. Farris Tuma. A detailed meeting report (PDF file, 22 pages) is available.