Post-traumatic stress disorder

Joanne Stubley

in Oxford Textbook of Women and Mental Health

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ISBN: 9780199214365
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199640454 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Post-traumatic stress disorder

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This chapter will focus on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in women. I will begin by giving a brief description of typical trauma presentations that will include an understanding of the spectrum of disorder that may present. The spectrum ranges from a single episode of adult trauma causing a transitory traumatic reaction to a full-blown episode of PTSD; developmental trauma with its variety of psychiatric manifestations in adulthood: and complex trauma including the experience of traumatized refugees and those subject to torture and political persecution. A review of the epidemiology of trauma in relation to women will follow. An overview of current guidelines issued by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) for PTSD treatment will be linked with current theoretical views on aetiology. A psychoanalytic model of trauma-focused treatment developed by the Tavistock clinic will also be described.

Chapter.  6349 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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