Earlier this year, the misdiagnosis or revocation of several cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has led to several investigations of the mental health screening process. An official policy released by the Army Surgeon General’s Office hopes to prevent situations, such as those that occurred at the Madigan Army Medical Center, from taking place again.
According to Veterans News Now, the new policy specifically criticizes the tests used to rule that a servicemember or veteran is faking the symptoms of PTSD. These tests were used at Madigan to revoke or deny hundreds of disability ratings for veterans in need of mental health care.
Another point of scrutiny identified in the policy was the use of written test questions used to determine if a servicemember was faking PTSD symptoms for financial gain. Hundreds of questions were used to make these determinations, and Army officials concluded that a poor score on the test was not always an indication of malingering for benefits, as there was no proof of intent gathered from the results.
After the Madigan investigations, it was found that servicemembers who faked PTSD symptoms were a rare occurrence and that the disabling condition is unfortunately becoming more common. Symptoms of PTSD can include flashbacks, anxiety, nightmares, depression, and emotional instability, which can all cause disability in a veterans’ daily life.
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