Accession Number : ADP003997

Title :   Tasks and Functions in Dealing with Combat Stress Reactions,

Corporate Author : ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX HEALTH CARE STUDIES DIV

Personal Author(s) : Mangelsdorff,A. D.

Report Date : DEC 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : The tasks and functions needed to be performed for recognizing and dealing with stress reactions can be broken down into four areas of responsibility: individual soldiers, leaders, AMEDD personnel, and mental health personnel. Each level of responsibility has similar types of decisions to make with regard to psychiatric casualties; however, the degree of intervention becomes more sophisticated with the decision to move a stress casualty away from the combat situation. The term psychiatric casualty or transient battle reaction/battle fatigue refers to transient emotional reactions to the stresses of combat. The manifestations may be either psychological and/or physical; they represent a collection of ineffectiveness conditions with varying organic, psychological, social, cognitive, motivational, and political components (Rath, 1980). The symptoms may change in a matter of several hours to several days, depending upon the individual, the nature of the combat, and how the casualty is labeled. A soldier who becomes a psychiatric casualty is ineffective in his combat role for reasons other than wounds, organic disease or ineptitude.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY PSYCHOLOGY, *STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), PSYCHIATRY, WARFARE, ARMY PERSONNEL, MENTAL HEALTH, SYMPOSIA

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