Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Approximately 60–80 percent of individuals who survive a traumatic experience will develop post-traumatic stress disorder, impacting an estimated 15 million people in the United States. How does PTSD manifest itself? More critically, how can its effects be mitigated or overcome?
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Three distinguished experts share cutting-edge insights on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), showing why it occurs, how it affects the development and existence of those it impacts, and how it can be treated.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a comprehensive and thoughtful examination of the nature, causes, and treatment of PTSD. Drawing on the vast experience of its team of authors, the book details the insidious nature and history of PTSD, from the internal and external factors that cause this form of suffering to the ways it manifests itself psychologically and socially. The most cutting-edge research on treatment, intervention, and prevention is thoroughly discussed, as are the spiritual and psychological strengths that can emerge when one progresses beyond the label of "disorder."
The book begins with a historical review of the topic. Subsequent chapters offer in-depth exploration of the significant foundations, function, impacts, and treatments associated with PTSD. Each chapter addresses practical issues, incorporating case studies that bring the information to life and ensure an appreciation of the myriad social, psychological, and biological experiences surrounding PTSD. This book answers complex questions like "How does PTSD manifest itself?" and more critically: "How can its effects be mitigated or overcome?" Finally, it discusses how PTSD survivors can move beyond post-traumatic stress to post-traumatic strengths.
- A chronology of the history and origination of PTSD related to war and combat exposure
- Case studies and examples that provide a view of PTSD from the inside out, rather than the outside in
- Devotes particular attention to timely issues, such as PTSD caused by bullying, combat, and sexual abuse
- Emphasizes post-traumatic strengths and ways survivors of PTSD can turn stress to their benefit
- Examines a panorama of treatments for PTSD, ranging from existential psychotherapy to the drug MDMA, and evaluates outcomes
- Provides a model for PTSD that explains why some people are traumatized by a given type of event and others are not
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"What could be more timely and more potentially useful for the consumer of books on mental health topics than a brief and well-written volume that describes the essential characteristics, causes, and crucial psychological processes of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? . . . I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an easy-to-read, comprehensive source that summarizes the current clinical and empirical literature on PTSD."
"What sets this book apart are the numerous case examples that facilitate personal connection with concepts. . . . A first-rate overview of current treatments . . . this book is wonderfully distinctive in that it discusses the positive side of PTSD, i.e., 'post-traumatic strengths.' Highly recommended."
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Biographies of Disease
Biographies of Disease assembles the writing talents of a diverse group of experts, including some of the country's most highly regarded health professionals, research scientists, and historians of medicine. Each volume in the series tells the fascinating "life story" of a major disease or medical condition, from its earliest known origins to the present. While tracing this history, each Biography examines in clear prose the science underlying the disease's workings on the human body, the physical, social, and emotional impacts of the disease on patients, their families, and the broader community, and the latest research on treatments and cures for the disease and speculation on what the future may bring. Brought together by editor Julie K. Silver, MD, of Harvard Medical School, the authors have contributed their expert knowledge to a series exceptional not only for the depth of its coverage but also its accessibility to the general audience.
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