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Diagnostic Results of Psychiatric Evaluations of State Police Officers
Gregory B. Saathoff; John Buckman
Psychiatric Services 1990; doi:
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The authors thank C. Knight Aldrich, M.D., and Victor Vieweg, M.D., for review of this manuscript and Connie Graham and Viola Griffin for manuscript preparation.

University of Virginia School of Medicine

1990 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Twenty-six state police officers referred by their department or self-referred were evaluated by a university department of psychiatry over a 28-month period. The most common primary diagnosis was adjustment disorder, followed by substance abuse and personality disorder. Sixteen of the officers were assessed to be psychiatrically capable of returning to duty; concurrent outpatient treatment was recommended for most of them. The most challenging cases for evaluation were those involving psychiatric symptoms after trauma on duty, behavioral manifestations of personality disorder, and substance abuse.

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