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Briefing Date:06/16/2006
Topic:Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Diagnosis and Assessment

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
Committee on Gulf War and Health: Physiologic, Psychologic, and Psychosocial Effects of Deployment-Related Stress
Subcommittee on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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Congressional Briefings
Friday, June 16, 2006
412 Russell Senate Office Bldg. – 10:00 a.m.
B372 Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 1:00 p.m.
and
334 Cannon House Office Bldg. – 2:00 p.m.

on

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Diagnosis and Assessment

by

Richard Mayeux, M.D., M.S., Gertrude H. Sergievsky Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Epidemiology; Director, Sergievsky Center; and Co-Director, Taub Institute, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University; and Chairman, Subcommittee on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Committee on Gulf War and Health: Physiologic, Psychologic, and Psychosocial Effects of Deployment-Related Stress, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Institute of Medicine

Janice L. Krupnick, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Georgetown University; and Member, Subcommittee on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Committee on Gulf War and Health: Physiologic, Psychologic, and Psychosocial Effects of Deployment-Related Stress, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Institute of Medicine

Requested by the Department of Veterans Affairs, this new report from the Institute of Medicine reviews the diagnosis and assessment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the known risk factors for its development as a well-characterized medical disorder with evidence-based criteria for diagnosis.

These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly release on June 16, 2006, and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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