Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

by Dan J. Stein
     
 

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Despite the growing interest in the role of psychological trauma in the genesis of psychiatric disorders, few volumes have addressed these issues from a multidisciplinary and international perspective.  Given the complexity of resilience and post-traumatic disorder, and given ongoing trauma and violence in many parts of the world, it is crucial to apply such

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Despite the growing interest in the role of psychological trauma in the genesis of psychiatric disorders, few volumes have addressed these issues from a multidisciplinary and international perspective.  Given the complexity of resilience and post-traumatic disorder, and given ongoing trauma and violence in many parts of the world, it is crucial to apply such perspectives to review existing knowledge in the field and provide directions for future research.

This book has a broad scope.  A key focus is PTSD, because of its clinical and health importance, its obvious link with trauma, and its interest for many clinicians and researchers. However, the book also examines resilience and a range of mental health consequences of trauma, because it has become increasingly clear that not all individuals react to trauma in the same way. It is important for mental health professionals to be aware of the broad range of potential responses to trauma, as well as of relevant evidence-based treatments.

The book includes chapters that address a wide range of topics on trauma-related disorders, including nosology and classification, epidemiology, neurobiology, pharmacotherapy, and psychotherapy. Each chapter comprises a critical review of the existing literature, aimed at being useful for the practitioner.  This is followed by selected commentaries from other authorities on the topic, representing diverse geographical locations and points of view, who refine some of the perspectives offered in the review, provide alternative views, or suggest important areas of future work. 

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Editorial Reviews

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“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.”  (Doody’s, 13 April 2012)

“The book, however, will provide a solid reference for clinicians and practitioners and is recommended.”  (PsycCRITIQUES, 28 March 2012)

"At the same time, there is enormous value in exploring one topic very well, and this text certainly offers trauma researchers and practitioners an authoritative synthesis and evaluation of knowledge about PTSD itself." (University of Cape Town Child Guidance Clinic, 2012)

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Reviewer: 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470688977
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/27/2011
Series:
WPA Series in Evidence & Experience in Psychiatry Series, #24
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

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From the Publisher
“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.” (Doody’s, 13 April 2012)

“The book, however, will provide a solid reference for clinicians and practitioners and is recommended.” (PsycCRITIQUES, 28 March 2012)

"At the same time, there is enormous value in exploring one topic very well, and this text certainly offers trauma researchers and practitioners an authoritative synthesis and evaluation of knowledge about PTSD itself." (University of Cape Town Child Guidance Clinic, 2012)

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