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Clinician's Guide to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Clinician's Guide to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Gerald M. Rosen (Editor), Christopher Frueh (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-26996-1

Jan 2012

320 pages


Praise for Clinician's Guide to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

"Rosen and Frueh's important book takes a huge leap toward clarity. The chapters are authored by leading experts in the field, and each addresses one of the pressing issues of the day. The tone is sensible and authoritative throughout, but always with a thoughtful ear toward clinical concerns and implications."
George A. Bonanno, PhD Professor of Clinical Psychology Teachers College, Columbia University

"All clinicians and researchers dealing with anxiety disorders should have a copy of Rosen and Frueh's Clinician's Guide to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder on their shelves. Moreover, they should read it from cover to cover. This compilation . . . is authoritative, very readable, and extremely well crafted. The issues are looked at from many vantage points, including assessment and treatment, cross-cultural, cognitive, and categorical/political."
Michel Hersen, PhD, ABPP Editor, Journal of Anxiety Disorders Dean, School of Professional Psychology, Pacific University

Clinician's Guide to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder brings together an international group of expert clinicians and researchers who address core issues facing mental health professionals, including:

  • Assessing and treating trauma exposure and posttraumatic morbidity

  • Controversies and clinical implications of differences of opinion among researchers on the definition and diagnosis of the condition

  • Treating the full range of posttraumatic reactions

  • Cross-cultural perspectives on posttraumatic stress

Author Biographies vii

Preface xiii

PART I: Core Issues

1 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and General Stress Studies 3
Gerald M. Rosen, B. Christopher Frueh, Jon D. Elhai, Anouk L. Grubaugh, and Julian D. Ford

2 Normal Reactions to Adversity or Symptoms of Disorder? 33
Jerome C. Wakefield and Allan V. Horwitz

3 Criterion A: Controversies and Clinical Implications 51
Meaghan L. O’Donnell, Mark Creamer, and John Cooper

4 Posttraumatic Memory 77
Elke Geraerts

5 Searching for PTSD's Biological Signature 97
Gerald M. Rosen, Scott O. Lilienfeld, and Scott P. Orr

PART II: Clinical Practice

6 Assessing Trauma Exposure and Posttraumatic Morbidity 119
Jon D. Elhai, Julian D. Ford, and James A. Naifeh

7 Early Intervention in the Aftermath of Trauma 153
Richard Gist and Grant J. Devilly

8 Cognitive Behavioral Treatments for PTSD 177
Elizabeth A. Hembree and Edna B. Foa

9 Treating the Full Range of Posttraumatic Reactions 205
Richard A. Bryant

10 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Posttraumatic Stress 235
James D. Herbert and Evan M. Forman

Afterword: PTSD's Future in the DSM: Implications for Clinical Practice 263
Gerald M. Rosen, B. Christopher Frueh, Scott O. Lilienfeld, Paul R. McHugh, and Robert L. Spitzer

Author Index 277

Subject Index 287

"Contributors to this impressive collection include Robert Spitzer, one of the architects of DSM-III, and Jerome C. Wakefield and Allan V. Horwitz, authors of The Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow into Depressive Disorder (Oxford University Press, 2007).... It is ironic that research spurred by the introduction of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has come to challenge almost every aspect of the construct's originating assumptions. These issues are carefully discussed: the idea of a specific aetiology; the distinctiveness of the supposed core symptoms; the loosening of the stressor criterion, which editor Gerald Rosen calls 'criterion creep'.... Without a coherent position on the question of specific aetiology, the validity of PTSD rests largely on the distinctiveness of its clinical syndrome, yet its features overlap substantially with other psychiatric categories.... This book interrogates the construction of PTSD and can serve as a case example of the way to critique the construction of psychiatric knowledge across the whole field." (Derek Summerfield, The British Journal of Psychiatry, 2011, 199:347)