Dr. R.M. Jayatunge -PTSD Among Sri Lankan Army Servicemen
Dr. Ruwan Jayatunge has written and published a number of books and research articles regarding the war trauma and treatment of psychological injuries based on his clinical work with soldiers of the Sri Lankan Army. Dr. Jayatunge originally allowed us to feature one of his articles “Traumatic Brain Injury among the Sri Lankan Combat Veterans,” introduced by Dr. Rolf Gainer on our blog, NeuroNotes, earlier this month. His work is rooted in his experiences working with Sri Lankan Army soldiers, who fought against the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam), rebel group intent upon racial separation in Northern Sri Lanka. This conflict (The Eelam War), spanned from 1976 to 2009, which is longer than the US Vietnam Conflict efforts, World Wars I and II, and the current US Iraq and Afghanistan efforts to date combined.
Dr. Jayatunge’s latest contribution is titled “Combat Related PTSD Among the Sri Lankan Army Servicemen”. It provides insight regarding combat related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from the perspective of a Medical Officer in a non-world power nation. Much like Dr. Edward Tick’s program of healing journeys to Vietnam for US Vietnam Veterans, this abstract of Dr. Jayatunge’s work provides a third world perspective of psychosocial problems associated with combat related PTSD. This work also provides supportive insights to Charles Hoge’s impact of combat exposure studies with PTSD at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. What I found most refreshing is Dr. Jayatunge’s perspective on the psychosocial impact of combat related PTSD on soldier’s families and the importance of psychosocial rehabilitation.
Click here to read Dr. Jayatunge’s article.