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From The CriticsReviewer: Aaron Plattner, MD (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services)
Description: This is a comprehensive guide to the use of evidence-based psychiatric treatment for patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Purpose: Traumatic events, natural disasters, and wars are ongoing events that result in PTSD in patients. This book strives to be a comprehensive resource of clinically relevant information on PTSD by outlining the most recent data in order to equip providers with evidence-based approaches to the assessment and management of these patients.
Audience: While any healthcare provider who directly cares for patients with PTSD will benefit most from this book, anyone who interacts or plans to interact with those with PTSD at any level would also find it helpful.
Features: The first of the book's three sections reviews the history of PTSD, how to best use the book, epidemiological and biological factors associated with PTSD, proper assessment and diagnostic factors, and the consideration of psychiatric comorbidities of PTSD. The second section reviews pharmacological and psychosocial treatment options for PTSD, potential new treatments being developed, and assessing general functioning and disability of patients suffering with PTSD. The final section covers various special populations, including children and adolescents, sexual assault, military and veteran populations, geriatrics, traumatic brain injury, and sociocultural considerations. The chapters use helpful charts, tables, pictures, and graphs to help readers to gain an understanding of the particular topic. Chapters end with a summary of key points, references, and suggestions for further reading.
Assessment: During my training, I was provided with several different articles and chapters as well as lectures on PTSD from several different sources. This book covers all of the essential information on PTSD with additional sections that provide a more comprehensive understanding of the many facets of PTSD. While the first section helps build a foundation in PTSD, each chapter is comprehensive enough to be able to be read alone, which does lead to some overlap between chapters. The chapters review not only a particular topic, but also why the topic is applicable to the treatment of PTSD as well as historical issues that have shaped current understanding. The final section is very helpful in covering the differing aspects of special populations that must be considered, especially with the rising rates of traumatic brain injury, the growing geriatric population, and returning veterans. .