Evidence-based treatment

Recommended 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.

  • Treating anxiety

    This page 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. For example, up to 90% of veterans with PTSD will meet criteria for another mental health problem
  • 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.