This comprehensive overview of research and clinical practice in PTSD includes new insights into assessment with regard to DSM-5 and ICD-11, discussion of ongoing controversies in the field as to what constitutes safe and effective care, and new research as to assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of PTSD. The second edition includes new coverage of the neurobiology of PTSD, PTSD in special populations, and forensic issues relating to PTSD.

Key Features

  • Synthesizes research and clinical developments on PTSD
  • Highlights key controversies, issues, and developments in the field
  • Provides case studies for better understanding of clinical care
  • Encompasses DSM-5 and ICD-11 major revisions to PTSD symptoms
  • Includes new coverage of neurobiology and genetics of PTSD
  • Includes advances in prevention and treatment of PTSD
  • Includes new coverage of forensic issues related to PTSD


Clinical psychologists

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    • References
  • 1. Understanding psychological trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • “Is there a life after trauma?”: The case of Marian M.
    • References
  • 2. The impact of psychological trauma
    • When the other shoe falls: What makes stressful events traumatic?
    • In the beginning: acute traumatic stress reactions and acute stress disorder
    • Life after trauma: Positive and problematic trajectories of adaptation
    • Research on the impact of traumatic stress on the course of people’s lives
    • References
  • 3. Etiology of PTSD: What causes PTSD?
    • Understanding etiology: causes? Or risk and protective factors?
    • Causal risk factors for PTSD
    • Degree or severity of exposure to traumatic stressor(s)
    • Preexisting psychiatric disorders
    • Potential genetic or biological causal risk factors
    • Cognitive processing capacities
    • Potential risk factors for exposure to traumatic stressors
    • Vulnerability factors for PTSD
    • Outcome risk factors
    • Protective factors
    • Conclusion
    • References
  • 4. Epidemiology of PTSD
    • Epidemiology of exposure to traumatic stressors
    • Epidemiology of PTSD
    • Comorbid psychiatric and medical disorders
    • Ethnocultural and socioeconomic background and the epidemiology of PTSD
    • References
  • 5. Neurobiology of traumatic stress disorders and their impact on physical health
    • Alterations in the body’s stress response systems in PTSD
    • Alterations in brain structure, functioning, and chemistry in PTSD
    • Genetics and PTSD
    • PTSD and physical health problems and medical illness
    • Conclusion
    • References
  • 6. Assessment of psychological trauma and PTSD
    • Scientific criteria for PTSD


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