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By Psych Central News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on August 18, 2010

A new Associated Press article out this week suggests that the U.S. Army may have misdiagnosed hundreds of soldiers with a personality disorder, rather than with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Soldiers who carry a diagnosis of a personality disorder often face being discharged, and find that their access to military and health benefits cut at the same time. Nearly 1,000 soldiers a year between 2005 and 2007 were discharged for having a personality disorder. Soldiers who receive a PTSD diagnosis can receive treatment while still being enlisted, and continue to receive all of the military and health benefits of an active duty soldier.

Advocates for veterans suggest that the practice, although supposedly stopped by the Army since it first came to light, is still occurring. Hundreds of soldiers are still receiving personality disorder diagnoses, cutting off their access to needed health care and treatment, according to advocates.

“We really have an obligation to go back and make sure troops weren’t misdiagnosed,” Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen told the Associated Press. Dr. Van Dahlen is a clinical psychologist whose nonprofit “Give an Hour” connects troops with volunteer mental health professionals.

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/08/18/army-misdiagnoses-hundreds-with-personality-disorders-instead-of-ptsd/17022.html



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