Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Scientific and Professional Dimensions


  • Julian Ford, University of Connecticut Health Center, Department of Psychiatry & Neuropsychiatric Institute, Farmington, USA

This authored text-reference will be the first comprehensive text in the rapidly growing field of psychological trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder.According to the NIMH, approximately 5.2 million American adults already suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. Caused by everything from combat experience to violent personal assaults to natural disasters and accidents, the incidence of PTSD has already reached epidemic proportions. The profound impact of psychological trauma and the need for proactive and scientifically-based approaches to timely prevention and evidence based treatment is unarguable and mental health programs are seeing a significant rise in the number of PTSD courses offered and services required. As a result, scholars, researchers, educators, clinicians, and trainees in the health care and human and social services need a concise and comprehensive source of authoritative information on psychological trauma and posttraumatic stress. This volume will offer a foundational understanding of the field as well cover key controversies, the influence of culture and gender, and describe state-of-the-art research and clinical methodologies in down-to-earth terms. Clinical case studies will be used liberally.
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PrimaryGraduate students in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology and Social Work programs taking courses on Trauma, PTSD or Anxiety Disorders, Psychiatry residents taking PTSD didactics, Libraries, and Cliniccal Academic Researchers.SecondaryPracticing clinicians treating patients with PTSD.


Book information

  • Published: May 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374462-3

Table of Contents

1. Definitions of Psychological Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress2. The Impact of Psychological Trauma3. Epidemiology of Psychological Trauma and Traumatic Stress Disorders4. Etiology of Traumatic Stress Disorders5 Neurobiology of Traumatic Stress Disorders and Their Impact on Physical Health6. Assessment of Psychological Trauma and Traumatic Stress Disorders7. Treatment of Traumatic Stress Disorders for Adults8. Treatment of Traumatic Stress Disorders for Children and Adolescents9. Prevention of Traumatic Stress Disorders10. Careers in the Traumatic Stress Field and Impact of Trauma on the Professional