An evolving integrative treatment program for military sexual trauma (MST) and one veteran's experience

Lisa G Ferdinand, Ursula A Kelly, Kelly Skelton, Kisha J Stephens, Bekh Bradley
Issues in Mental Health Nursing 2011, 32 (9): 552-9
Military sexual trauma (MST) increases the risk for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and multiple other comorbidities, presenting substantial challenges for nurses and psychiatric and medical clinicians. A specialized VA Medical Center outpatient program is patterned after Herman's three-phased, empirically-supported, recovery treatments. We use a case example of a female veteran MST survivor to illustrate our treatment model. She presented to our program meeting diagnostic criteria for PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, and a history of substance abuse. Post-treatment she demonstrated improved scores on measures of PTSD, quality of life, and socialization. This model shows promise for treatment of MST survivors with PTSD.

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