Textbook of Disaster Psychiatry

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This is the first textbook to focus specifically on disaster psychiatry. It brings together international experts to provide a comprehensive review of the psychological, biological, and social responses to disaster, describing evidence-based clinical and service-led interventions to meet mental health needs and foster resilience and recovery. Chapters address the epidemiology of disaster response, the neurobiology of disaster exposure, socio-cultural issues, early intervention and consultation-liaison care, the role of non-governmental organizations, workplace policies, and implications for public health planning at the level of the individual and the community. This book will be essential reading for all those involved in preparing for traumatic events and their clinical and social outcomes for public health planning.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"By virtue of its comprehensive content, lucid and attractive style of presentation and its contemporary evidence base, the Textbook of Disaster Psychiatry represents an excellent purchase for a wide range of interested professionals."
--British Journal of Psychiatry

"There is no doubt that the editors, distinguished scholars themselves, have assembled an impressive line-up of contributors to consider a range of issues, from epidemiology, assessment and diagnosis to pandemics, terrorism, bereavement, service planning and interventions. … The volume contains well argued contributions on possible mechanisms for psychological responses from various fields, including from psychology and neurobiology and … sociology."
--British Medical Journal

"The book covers a very important topic in psychiatry, which is dealing with people suffering from disasters and how the psychiatric services can help in such events. The quality of the coverage if very scientific and well written. This book is important for psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and governmental and non-governmental organisations who work with people after disasters such as the Red Cross and Red Crescent. The book is an excellent buy."
--Saudi Medical Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521294874
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2011
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 881,846
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Ursano is Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.

Carol S. Fullerton is Research Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland. She is also the Scientific Director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress.

Lars Wiesaeth is Professor of Psychiatry at the Division of Disaster Psychiatry at the University of Oslo, Norway, and Director of the Norwegian Armed Forces Joint Medical Service.

Beverley Raphael is Professor of Population Mental Health and Disasters and Director of the Centre for Disasters and Terrorism at the University of Western Sydney. She is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, at the University of Queensland and holds professorial appointments at the Universities of Sydney, New South Wales and Newcastle.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors vii

Preface xi

Part I Introduction

1 Individual and community responses to disasters Robert J. Ursano Carol S. Fullerton Lars Weisaeth Beverley Raphael 3

Part II Foundations of disaster psychiatry

2 Epidemiology of disaster mental health Carol S. North 29

3 Children and disasters: public mental health approaches Robert S. Pynoos Alan M. Steinberg Melissa J. Brymer 48

4 Disaster ecology: implications for disaster psychiatry James M. Shultz Zelde Espinel Sandro Galea Dori B. Reissman 69

5 Neurobiology of disaster exposure: fear, anxiety, trauma, and resilience Rebecca P. Smith Craig L. Katz Dennis S. Charney Steven M. Southwick 97

Part III Clinical care and interventions

6 Early intervention for trauma-related problems following mass trauma Patricia J. Watson 121

7 Acute stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder in the disaster environment David M. Benedek 140

8 Assessment and management of medical-surgical disaster casualties James R. Rundell 164

9 Interventions for acutely injured survivors of individual and mass trauma Douglas Zatzick 190

10 Nongovernmental organizations and the role of the mental health professional Joop de Jong 206

Part IV Special topics

11 Traumatic death in terrorism and disasters Robert J. Ursano James E. McCarroll Carol S. Fullerton 227

12 Weapons of mass destruction and pandemics: global disasters with mass destruction and mass disruption Robert J. Ursano Carol S. Fullerton Ann E. Norwood Harry C. Holloway 247

13 Workplace disaster preparedness and response Nancy T. Vineburgh Robert K. Gifford Robert J. Ursano Carol S. Fullerton David M. Benedek 265

14 Healthcare systems planningBrian W. Flynn 284

Part V Public health and disaster psychiatry

15 Public health and disaster mental health: preparing, responding, and recovering Robert J. Ursano Carol S. Fullerton Lars Weisaeth Beverley Raphael 311

Index 327

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