Posttraumatic stress disorder : a clinical review

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Title: Posttraumatic stress disorder : a clinical review
Publisher: American Psychiatric Press Inc
Publication Date: 1993
  • 0-9629164-4-7

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This timely review of the field of posttraumatic stress disorder originally was published in 1993 as part of the American Psychiatric Press’ annual Review of Psychiatry (Volume 12). In order to make this vital information available to a broader audience, Sidran Press has reprinted this section of the Review in an inexpensive paperback edition.

During the brief period since the inclusion of PTSD in the DSM-III (1980), there has been a rapid growth of interest --- and controversy --- in this diagnosis among clinicians and researchers. While the human capacity to endure and rebound from trauma has been evident throughout history, current knowledge about posttraumatic stress reactions indicates that trauma can exact an enormous toll both in personal suffering and functional impairment.

Many distinguished professionals have written for this volume. Jonathan Davidson, M.D. presents "Issues in the Diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder," Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D., Matthew J. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., and E. Huland Spain, Ph.D. discuss diverse concerns about ethnocultural issues, including studies of PTSD among refugees, victims of natural disasters, victims of political and interpersonal violence, and military veterans. In the "Neurobiology of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder," J. Douglas Bremner, M.D., Michael Davis, Ph.D., Steven M. Southwick, M.D., John H. Krystal, M.D., and Dennis S. Charney, M.D. summarize the scientific evidence that extreme threat results in long-term changes in behavior and neurobiological systems.

Robert S. Pynoos, M.D., M.P.H. offers an expanded understanding of the complex interactions of child development, traumatic stress, and its sequelae; Charles R. Marmar, M.D., David Foy, Ph.D., Bruce Kagan, M.D., Ph.D., and Robert S. Pynoos, M.D., M.P.H. describe an integrated therapeutic approach for treating posttraumatic stress, and finally, Edna B. Foa, Ph.D. and David S. Riggs, Ph.D. focus on a single type of trauma in "Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Rape."

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