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Sanidad Militar

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MARTINEZ SANCHEZ, J.A.. A descriptive analysis of the Spanish military personnel attended by the Psychology Service at ROLE 2, Herat, Afghanistan. Sanid. Mil. [online]. 2012, vol.68, n.3, pp.163-167. ISSN 1887-8571.

Introduction: Since 2005, the Service of Psychology of ROLE 2 of the Forward Support Base, Herat (Afghanistan), provides psychological assistance to the Spanish military personnel deployed in this Afghan province. This assistance takes a large value for the welfare of our troops, given the nature of risk and danger of the missions in Afghanistan. Methods: Observational, descriptive, transversal of military people assisted by the Service of Psychology ROLE 2 between May 2005 and September 2009. Results: The total number of cases analyzed was 172. Anxiety disorders and adjustment disorders were the diagnostic categories the more frequently assigned, being the most common therapeutic approach to control anxiety, cognitive therapy and repatriation or return to Spain. Conclusion: Training and educational programs are necessary to promote the adaptation of our troops in operations area in order to identify, prevent and manage these disorders. Similarly, it is necessary to improve the professional profile of each individual in missions abroad.

Palabras clave : Psychological adjustement; stress; operations area; military troop; ISAF (International Security Assistance Force); Afghanistan.

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