NIH, DoD and VA Holds Conference Examining Impact of Military Service on Families and Caregivers – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. The term, trauma spectrum disorders, refers to any injury or illness that occurs as a result of combat or an unexpected traumatic event.
Batten: It’s an umbrella term that we use to talk about any of the things that can impact somebody after being exposed to a potentially traumatic event.
Narrator: Dr. Sonja Batten with the Defense Centers of Excellence participated in a trauma spectrum disorders conference at NIH.
Batten: We’re also interested in other outcomes like depression, substance abuse, and also how deployment can affect family functioning, relationship functioning, how it affects children’s functioning, those sorts of things that may not actually qualify as a disorder but that certainly are of high relevance to individuals.
Narrator: For details, visit www.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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