Coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Guide for Families, 2d ed. / Edition 2

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This book is a user friendly discussion of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as it affects individuals and families. PTSD has become better known and more frequently diagnosed, and affects more than just military families. Causes, diagnosis and treatments, including counseling, medication, and alternative therapy, are discussed. The challenges faced by PTSD individuals and their families are addressed and recommendations are included. New to this edition is information regarding Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and the new policies and treatments in use as well as information about women war veterans, who are a newer demographic for combat PTSD.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Roberts (applied linguistics, Univ. of Northern Iowa) updates her 2003 original book on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Admitting her nonclinical background, she explains how her marriage to a Vietnam veteran, interest in human behavior, and living and working in different cultures led to further investigating PTSD. Strongly directed at lay readers interested in or personally experiencing the disorder and its accompanying stress, Roberts explains the effects of PTSD on individuals and their families, including the trauma caused by noncombat violence and natural disasters. She nicely covers PTSD causes, clinical diagnosis, and treatment of the disorder, including counseling, medication, and alternative therapy. She also presents typical challenges faced by PTSD individuals and their families and provides helpful recommendations on how best to develop and implement a healthy, long-term approach to handling them. New here is information regarding Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, new policies and treatments used with military veterans, and information on female war vets, who represent a new demographic for combat PTSD. VERDICT Roberts includes helpful additional resources for PTSD survivors and family members and a handy guide to recommended reading, as well as key films that dramatically convey the reality of PTSD. Primarily focused on combat, this will be of great value to veterans or those in the armed services who may be experiencing PTSD and their family and friends.—Dale Farris, Groves, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786449743
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/14/2011
  • Series: McFarland Health Topics
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 231
  • Sales rank: 1,027,284
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Cheryl A. Roberts is a professor of TESOL/Applied Linguistics at the University of Northern Iowa. She has taught courses on the Vietnam War and served as consulting editor on Vietnam War Generation Journal. She also co-chaired Vietnam 2000, a conference held in Ho Chi Minh City. She was married to a Vietnam veteran and lives in Waterloo, Iowa.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 13

1 What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? 19

2 How Is PTSD Diagnosed, and by Whom? 41

3 Who Is at Risk for PTSD? Can PTSD Be Prevented? 49

4 Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Is PTSD a Universal Disorder? 58

5 PTSD and the Individual 72

6 PTSD and the Family 84

7 Can PTSD Families Be Healthy Families? 99

8 Treatment for PTSD: Counseling 113

9 Treatment for PTSD: Medication 140

10 Complementary Techniques for Treating PTSD 155

11 Living with PTSD 168

12 Trends in PTSD Research and Treatment 175

Conclusion 179

Appendix A Diagnostic Criteria for PTSD (DSM IV) 185

Appendix B Global Assessment of Functioning Scale (DSM IV) 187

Appendix C Resources for PTSD Survivors and Families 189

Appendix D Resources for Veterans 191

Appendix E Recommended Publications 193

Appendix F Recommended Films 201

References 209

Index 219

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