Post-Traumatic Stress an American Disorder

By Deutsch, Judy | Canadian Dimension, May-June 2011 | Go to article overview

Post-Traumatic Stress an American Disorder


Deutsch, Judy, Canadian Dimension


PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), with its formulaic checklist mode of diagnosis and its formulaic treatments, possesses many familiar American characteristics. From World War II American psychiatrists' developed brief "solution-focused" therapy models for soldiers who were in shock, with the aim of quickly returning them to the battlefield. The idea of quick personal transformation had long flourished in the American religious revival meeting and in the idea of positive thinking. American anti-intellectualism in many disciplines favours behaviourist and mechanistic explanations over complex concepts. One hypothesis is that similar proliferating diagnoses help to market pharmaceuticals.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

Checklist diagnosis and treatment are like fast-food. An example, painfully remote from any genuine sense about trauma, is the frequent marketing of "Leading Edge Seminars, Inc." with "Discounted Rates and Bring a Friend!" $295, to learn in a weekend about Rapid PTSD treatments in "short-term, present focused, evidenced-based therapy, with "very positive research outcomes.'" As with much psychiatric diagnosis. gone are the values of confidentiality and of discomfort with labelling. "Clients" are named by their diagnostic acronym.

The present focus on neuroanatomy, genetics, endocrinology confuses cause with mechanism, as if Shakespeare is caused by words or ink. Attributing "PTSD" to hard-wiring means neglecting traumatizing factors like the prison system or extreme economic inequity. Symptom-based diagnosis leaves out cause, meaning, and history and blurs profound differences. V. Volkan, a noted psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, writes of the "massive trauma" suffered by hundreds of thousands of American children and their families when astronaut teacher Christa McAuliffe was killed in the Challenger space shuttle in 1986. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Post-Traumatic Stress an American Disorder
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.