Clinician's Guide to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Clinician's Guide to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Clinician's Guide to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Clinician's Guide to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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Since its introduction in 1980, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has changed the landscape of stress studies and created an array of sociopolitical, conceptual, and clinical issues. For the better, research has grown exponentially over the years, providing clinicians, healthcare administrators, and policy makers with a better understanding of posttraumatic psychiatric morbidity. Despite this progress, controversies abound as to how clinicians should diagnose and treat psychiatric disorder in the aftermath of trauma. Further, a number of misconceptions and myths concerning PTSD have adversely influenced clinical practice and traumatic stress studies. This is of great concern, for it creates the risk of doing harm in our clinical work.

To address the core issues facing clinicians, we have brought together an international group of leading clinicians and clinical researchers. Their scholarly reviews of the literature are joined with recommendations for clinical practice, thereby providing the clinician with insights and skills based on the best available evidence. In the first section (Chapters 1 through 5), the reader is provided with an overview of stress studies and core issues that concern the PTSD construct. The second section (Chapters 6 through 10) covers issues in the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic disorders. The Clinician’s Guide concludes with an Afterword that considers future definitions of PTSD, and how changes may impact how we, as clinicians, conceptualize our patient’s problems.

As the reader progresses through the chapters and learns more about recent research findings, several closely held beliefs are likely to be . . .

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