Assessment and treatment

Recommended evidence-based treatment for common mental health issues specific to veterans. Drawing upon the latest Australian and international best practice guidelines for the treatment of common mental health problems by qualified health professionals.

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    Treating anxiety

    This section explores clinical tools and treatment options for veterans with anxiety.
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    Treating PTSD

    This page explores assessment and treatment of PTSD in ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force. Prevalence estimates vary widely, however it is likely that between 5 and 20 per cent of veterans will develop PTSD in their lifetime.
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    Treating depression

    This page provides clinical tools and links to research about depression to assist in the treatment of serving and ex-serving members of the ADF.
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    Treating complicated grief

    Approximately one in ten bereaved people experience complicated grief, with higher rates amongst those bereaved by disaster or violent death, or parents who lose a child
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    Complex cases

    Veterans commonly present with comorbid disorders and complex needs that require careful treatment planning.
  • Treating insomnia

    Insomnia is both a common and complex condition. Medical treatment, therefore, should always be based on a thorough assessment that includes detailed history, physical examination and in some instances, medical investigations
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    Treating alcohol and substance misuse

    Alcohol and substance use disorders are significant mental health problems, affecting around one quarter of Australians over their lifetime.
  • Treating problematic anger

    The following recommendations are based on the available literature on evidence-based interventions for problematic anger among veterans and other populations.
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    Treating problem gambling

    Problem gambling is a condition where an individual has difficulties limiting the money and/or time spent gambling, which leads to negative consequences.
  • Somatic symptoms

    Somatic symptom disorder includes a range of clinical presentations such as health anxiety, medically unexplained symptoms, and persistent pain.