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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michelle Field-Chez, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is an edited book compiled with many authorities in the field of PTSD. The book provides a psychobiological framework for both the clinician and the researcher on the symptoms and subsequent interventions for this disease.
Purpose: The purpose is to expand the basic groupings of symptoms that originally defined PTSD. Secondly, the author would like to identify areas of research, treatment, and clinical outcomes that are not being defined currently within the field. Thirdly, the author would like to broaden the treatment approaches, given the broader definition of symptoms of the disease and also its fluctuating course. Finally, the author is looking towards a new theoretical paradigm of the disease related to the allostasis of the organism. Allostasis is defined as how the organism deals with wear and tear in life, and its attempts to remain whole during the trauma.
Audience: This book is for clinicians, researchers, and graduate students ranging from many backgrounds including abnormal psychology, stress and trauma, abuse and victimization, and clinical psychology.
Features: The book begins with the new paradigm for the theory of PTSD, broader definitions of symptoms, and treatment based on this model. The book continues to the various modalities of treatment. Special populations are highlighted including children, those with dual diagnosis, and those with mental illness in relationship. Finally, case histories are offered. The graphs and charts are excellent.
Assessment: This is an excellent book. The editors have selected wonderful contributors with varied backgrounds who are all experts in their particular fields, but all with an additional focus on PTSD. The theory of the allostatic load is fascinating and original and has great promise for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and research of this affliction.