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Understanding, Assessing, and Conceptualizing Suicide Risk Among Veterans With PTSD

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Several PTSD-related factors might increase PB, TB, and the acquired capability for suicide among veterans with PTSD. Because suicide risk assessment and management can be time sensitive and anxiety provoking, mental health providers can use a TRM approach to increase their confidence in instituting optimal care and mitigating risk by having a structured, therapeutic assessment process that gathers appropriate suicide- and PTSD-related data to assist in developing suicide risk-related treatment. However, more research is needed to determine the most useful self-report measures and effective interventions when working with veterans with PTSD at risk of suicide.

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