Psychiatric Annals

Guest Editorial 

Meeting the Emotional Needs of Returning War Zone Veterans

Harold M. Ginzburg, MD, JD, MPH

Abstract

This series of articles in Psychiatric Annals focuses on the psychological effects of combat operations on military service personnel, on their families, and on the communities that they leave and re-enter post-deployment. This series also focuses on individuals who have and have not developed varying levels of emotional distress with varying levels of psychological dysfunction who are predominantly classified with the singular diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

ABOUT THE GUEST EDITOR

Harold M. Ginzburg, MD, JD, MPH, resides and maintains a private practice in general and forensic psychiatry in Metairie, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans. His private practice primarily involves evaluating and treating patients who have developed psychiatric or neuropsychiatric problems as a result of physical injury, chronic illness, or traumatic incidents.

Dr. Ginzburg was a Navy Submarine and Diving Medical Officer before joining the U.S. Public Health Service as a Commissioned Officer. He retired after more than 20 years of service with the Navy-rank equivalent of Captain after serving with the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the Office of Emergency Preparedness, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, U.S. Public Health Service.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Psychiatry) and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine, and was a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America. He is currently a Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, Tulane University Medical Center, a Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, and also an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland. He is a member of the Maryland Bar.

Dr. Ginzburg has published more than 150 articles in medical and legal journals.

Abstract

This series of articles in Psychiatric Annals focuses on the psychological effects of combat operations on military service personnel, on their families, and on the communities that they leave and re-enter post-deployment. This series also focuses on individuals who have and have not developed varying levels of emotional distress with varying levels of psychological dysfunction who are predominantly classified with the singular diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

ABOUT THE GUEST EDITOR

Harold M. Ginzburg, MD, JD, MPH, resides and maintains a private practice in general and forensic psychiatry in Metairie, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans. His private practice primarily involves evaluating and treating patients who have developed psychiatric or neuropsychiatric problems as a result of physical injury, chronic illness, or traumatic incidents.

Dr. Ginzburg was a Navy Submarine and Diving Medical Officer before joining the U.S. Public Health Service as a Commissioned Officer. He retired after more than 20 years of service with the Navy-rank equivalent of Captain after serving with the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the Office of Emergency Preparedness, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, U.S. Public Health Service.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Psychiatry) and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine, and was a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America. He is currently a Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, Tulane University Medical Center, a Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, and also an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland. He is a member of the Maryland Bar.

Dr. Ginzburg has published more than 150 articles in medical and legal journals.

10.3928/00485713-20090201-03

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