Life After the Diagnosis: The Quality of Life of Canadian Male Veterans Medicated for PTSD

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/304534
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Life After the Diagnosis: The Quality of Life of Canadian Male Veterans Medicated for PTSD
Author(s):
Bastien, Debra Lynn
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Debra Lynn Bastien, RN, BScN, MIDST (abd), debralynnbastien@gmail.com
Abstract:

Session presented on: Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Purpose: The purpose of this qualitative study is to contribute to the interdisciplinary knowledge base regarding the post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) medication side effects for Canadian male veterans.

Methods: Using a narrative inquiry methodology, I have completed open-ended interviews with male veterans, recruited through snowballing/ word of mouth. The veterans are diagnosed and subsequently medicated for PTSD and have been followed by, or continue to be followed by, either a psychiatrist and/or psychologist assigned through Veterans Affairs. Together, we have explored their stories about the impact of PTSD medication side effects on their everyday lives.Veterans described how PTSD medication side effects have affected their quality of life and candidly spoke of their experiences. With much emotion and at times very matter-of-factness, these veterans described many personal details which permitted me to gain a sense of the potential for narrative research with such a population, in need of having their voices heard and the need to have their individuality acknowledged.

Results: The key theme addressed by the participants was fatigue. Fatigue has been identified as having a tremendous impact on their everyday lives, relationships, and ultimately their sense of self. Sexuality was another theme that arose and demonstrated a strong correlation to fatigue.

Conclusion: Themes addressed in this research study could provide insight into the current practices in a variety of professions as to how to guide practice. Through the interviews identity became apparent and the challenges that each veteran has felt in rediscovering himself either while on medication and/or no longer as an active member of the Forces. Exploring the impact that PTSD has on a soldier's identity requires more investigation and has become the focus of my docotral studies. An introduction to identity and other subthemes from the study will be presented.

Keywords:
medication side effects; veterans; PTSD
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013 ; 22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleLife After the Diagnosis: The Quality of Life of Canadian Male Veterans Medicated for PTSDen
dc.contributor.authorBastien, Debra Lynnen
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen
dc.author.detailsDebra Lynn Bastien, RN, BScN, MIDST (abd), debralynnbastien@gmail.comen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/304534-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Tuesday, July 23, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b> The purpose of this qualitative study is to contribute to the interdisciplinary knowledge base regarding the post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) medication side effects for Canadian male veterans. <p><b>Methods: </b> Using a narrative inquiry methodology, I have completed open-ended interviews with male veterans, recruited through snowballing/ word of mouth. The veterans are diagnosed and subsequently medicated for PTSD and have been followed by, or continue to be followed by, either a psychiatrist and/or psychologist assigned through Veterans Affairs. Together, we have explored their stories about the impact of PTSD medication side effects on their everyday lives.Veterans described how PTSD medication side effects have affected their quality of life and candidly spoke of their experiences. With much emotion and at times very matter-of-factness, these veterans described many personal details which permitted me to gain a sense of the potential for narrative research with such a population, in need of having their voices heard and the need to have their individuality acknowledged. <p><b>Results: </b>The key theme addressed by the participants was fatigue. Fatigue has been identified as having a tremendous impact on their everyday lives, relationships, and ultimately their sense of self. Sexuality was another theme that arose and demonstrated a strong correlation to fatigue. <p><b>Conclusion: </b>Themes addressed in this research study could provide insight into the current practices in a variety of professions as to how to guide practice. Through the interviews identity became apparent and the challenges that each veteran has felt in rediscovering himself either while on medication and/or no longer as an active member of the Forces. Exploring the impact that PTSD has on a soldier's identity requires more investigation and has become the focus of my docotral studies. An introduction to identity and other subthemes from the study will be presented.en
dc.subjectmedication side effectsen
dc.subjectveteransen
dc.subjectPTSDen
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:38:10Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22en
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:38:10Z-
dc.conference.date2013en
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en
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