Military & Military Families

Health Anxiety

Gordon Asmundson, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Regina, Canada
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan

Investigator and leader, The Traumatic Stress Group
University of Regina
Saskatchewan, Canada


Trastornos de Ansiedad ("Anxiety Disorders" en Español)

Roberto Lewis-Fernández, MD

Director of the Hispanic Treatment Program, New York State Psychiatric Institute
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University
Lecturer on Social Medicine, Harvard University


Comparison of Videoconference and Face-to-Face Delivery of Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the equivalence of CPT treatment delivered remotely via telemental health (TMH) over videoconferencing or via traditional face-to face (FTF) treatment to veterans who have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from a military-related stressor (i.e., combat, sexual assault, non-combat physical assault).


University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Department of Veterans Affairs
Principal Investigator: 
Tracey L Smith, PhD
Eligibility Criteria: 
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Literate in written English
  • Fluent in spoken English
  • Verified status as an OEF/OIF veteran
  • Current PTSD diagnosis
  • Index traumatic event related to military services
  • If taking psychotropic medication, remains stable
Exclusion Criteria: 
  • Under 18 years of age
  • Not literate in written English
  • Not fluent in spoken English
  • Current uncontrolled psychotic or bipolar disorder
  • Substance dependence
  • Current uncontrolled suicidal or homicidal ideation
  • Significant cognitive impairment that would interfere with completion of therapy tasks
Yanmin A Li, MBBS, 608-263-4290 or, or Lori Wollet, RN, 608-262-6855 or
Madison, WI

Tips for Families and Friends

If someone close to you has recently returned from deployment and shows signs of trauma or difficulty readjusting to civilian life, here are some ways you can help:

Tips for Soldiers and Veterans

If you have recently returned from deployment and have difficulty readjusting to civilian life or have symptoms of trauma, here are some ways you can cope:

Find Help

The military has made its soldiers strong and adept at handling tough situations. It can be difficult to handle symptoms of combat stress and PTSD on your own, though.

Getting help can make readjusting to civilian life easier. Confide in friends or family, and call a mental health professional, who can work with you to manage and treat your PTSD.

Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.


PTSD by the numbers

  • Approximately 40,000 military members who have returned from Iraq or Afghanistan have been officially diagnosed with PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) since 2003, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • The rate of PTSD is three times higher among deployed military men and women exposed to combat compared to nondeployed military members, according to a study by the Naval Health Research Center.

Military & Military Families

Since October 2001, about 1.6 million U.S. troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

These military members and their families face unique challenges. Soldiers deal with stressors in combat that may not exist in civilian life.

Those exposed to high levels of combat are significantly more likely to experience acute stress and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Learn more facts.

Treatment of PTSD

Lori Zoellner, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Washington
Center for Anxiety & Traumatic Stress



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