Just as PTSD is a natural side effect of war, research also reveals veteran-committed crime waves in the wake of every major American conflict, particularly Vietnam. Even today, 40 years after that war, hundreds of thousands of psychologically injured Vietnam veterans are incarcerated, chronically addicted and/or homeless across our country. This session will explore the history of PTSD and its ties to criminal behavior. It will then explore the ways in which America and its criminal justice system can learn lessons from history and avoid mistakes made with past generations of troubled returning war veterans.
Many types of civil and criminal court cases and litigation involve claims of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. The diagnostic validity of these claims can impact directly upon the defense, plaintiff, or prosecutorial legal strategies, depending upon the nature of use in the case. It is important, therefore, for attorneys and others involved in the legal system to be able to assess the validity of PTSD evaluations and diagnoses. Although only an expert in PTSD can complete an in-depth review of the diagnostic methodology used in a case, it is helpful if those conducting initial reviews know some basic facts about PTSD and what constitutes a sound diagnosis.
Liminality of Combat Trauma
Published: January 24, 2012
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