Journal Article

The Psychiatrization of Post-Traumatic Distress: Issues for Social Workers

HOWARD DAVIS

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 29, issue 5, pages 755-777
Published in print October 1999 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online October 1999 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/29.5.755
The Psychiatrization of Post-Traumatic Distress: Issues for Social Workers

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The psychiatric category of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is described and critiqued. Problems of definition and application may lead to the non-inclusion or minimization of some forms of post-traumatic distress. Questions of what constitute ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ reactions to trauma are raised and the depoliticization of trauma explored. The absence from the literature of sufficient acknowledgement of traumagenic actions on the part of official agencies is noted. The potential for critically informed social work interventions in prevention, mitigation and longer-term response is outlined.

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Subjects: Social Work

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