Study Draws Correlation Between PTSD, Anger, And Criminal Misbehavior.

The Huffington Post (10/10, Wood) reports, “Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who struggle with the anger and emotional outbursts of combat trauma are more than twice as likely as other veterans to be arrested for criminal misbehavior,” according to a study published Oct. 1 in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, which, “for the first time, draws a direct correlation between combat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the anger it can cause and criminal misbehavior.” After noting that Veterans Affairs’ Eric B. Elbogen led the study, the Post adds, “The finding that a combination of PTSD and high irritability can lead to criminal misbehavior is important because the treatment for PTSD provided to veterans by the VA and others often doesn’t include therapy designed specifically to reduce irritability, Elbogen told The Huffington Post.” Anger management “might be useful” in treating vets with PTSD, he said.

Related Links:

— “Combat Veterans With PTSD, Anger Issues More Likely To Commit Crimes: New Report, “David Wood, Huffington Post, October 10, 2012.

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