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From The CriticsReviewer: Marcos Modiano-Esquenazi, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book provides the most recent understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder from a multidisciplinary and international perspective.
Purpose: The purpose is to review the existing knowledge in the field in order to yield directions for future research.
Audience: With its practical approach to clinical and community interventions, the book is targeted at clinicians, researchers, and policymakers.
Features: The first of the book's six chapters focuses on the working definition of PTSD and the main challenges this diagnosis will have with the new DSM. Chapter 2 covers the epidemiology of the disease with specifics on gender and cross-cultural issues. The neurobiology of PTSD, with a focus on translational theory is the subject of chapter 3, and chapter 4 explores psychopharmacological treatment approaches for PTSD, including future directions. The last two chapters discuss psychological interventions and public mental health, providing a thorough review of the disease. Tables and figures can be found in most of the chapters, and references are provided at the end of every chapter.
Assessment: This is a valuable contribution to the psychiatric literature, helping clinicians, researchers, and policymakers focus their attention on the ongoing changes in the diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and epidemiology of a known disorder. PTSD's symptom clusters are being revised thoroughly and explicitly with much attention on the neurobiological aspects of the disease. As the editors point out, PTSD and the role of psychological trauma in the genesis of psychiatric disorders are not addressed very often in the psychiatric literature from a multidisciplinary and international perspective as they are in this book. Since trauma and violence are being experienced or witnessed in many parts of the world, psychiatrists and mental health workers should be up to date on these topics.