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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

DSM-IV® and Beyond

Edited by Jonathan R. T. Davidson, M.D., and Edna B. Foa, Ph.D.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-502-9
  • Item #8502

Description

Of all psychiatric disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) poses one of the greatest challenges to clinicians. Drs. Davidson and Foa, pioneers in the study of PTSD, have teamed up to edit this landmark volume. In Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: DSM-IV® and Beyond, members of the DSM-IV Subcommittee on PTSD present a comprehensive and fascinating review of the currently established knowledge about the etiology, epidemiology, neurobiology, course, and clinical presentations of posttraumatic stress syndromes and future directions for study.

Contents

  • Introduction. Clinical phenomenology: course, subtypes, and trauma. Clinical phenomenology: symptomatic manifestations in different patients. PTSD in the community: prevalence, features, and risk factors. Classification of PTSD. PTSD in relation to other disorders. Epilogue. Appendixes: Suggested recommendations for DSM-IV on course and subtypes. Suggested recommendations for DSM-IV: duration, subtypes, and PTSD, in relation to adjustment disorder. A description of the PTSD Field Trial. Index.

About the Authors

Jonathan R. T. Davidson, M.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Program at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Davidson has received numerous federal grants from the Veterans Administration and the National Institute of Mental Health for studies of depression and PTSD. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America.

Edna B. Foa, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Foa has received many NIMH grants for the study of anxiety disorders including obsessive-compulsive disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder. Among her many grants, awards, and honors, Dr. Foa received the Fulbright Distinguished Award.

This publication is a well-researched, extensively referenced textbook filled with facts and figures. The authors have their eyes on the scientific and a keen ability to examine and differentiate diagnoses and comorbid phenomena that, at first glance, may be clinically misinterpreted or not commonly thought to be associated with PTSD (simple phobia, somatization, dissociation, major depression, character pathology, and substance abuse).—American Journal of Psychiatry


The list of contributors read like the Who’s Who of PTSD. This book must be read by anybody on any discipline concerned with the epidemiology of trauma or with the clinical understanding of PTSD. It establishes with simplicity and clarity the universality of at least a core of key symptoms in PTSD, demonstrates the validity of comparing morbidity rates from widely separate fields and provides a robust array of normative data for future clinicians and researchers.—Psychosomatic Medicine


This work is a monument in the young field of posttraumatic stress research, which, in one short decade, has become the first major area of psychiatry in which a critical link between etiology and symptomatology has been established. This book represents the state of the evolving science of PTSD and should serve as the guide for future directions.—Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D., Chief, Trauma Clinic Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


This scholarly volume, with its excellent references and a useful index, is highly recommended as a well-written, state-of-the-art overview of PTSD.—READINGS: A Journal of Reviews and Commentary in Mental Health


The admirable book by [Drs.] Davidson and Foa provides a balanced and expert review of the aetiology, nature, course, and associations of PTSD.—British Journal of Psychiatry


This is a timely, well-written book which should be of broad interest to clinicians and researchers who have even a passing interest in PTSD.—Anxiety

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