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Traumatic Events and Mental Health : Psychiatry and Medicine - L.Stephen O'Brien

Traumatic Events and Mental Health

Psychiatry and Medicine

By: L.Stephen O'Brien, J. P. Watson (Foreword by)


Published: 20th April 1998
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What constitutes a traumatic event? How and why does trauma affect people differently and what is a normal response? These are important questions asked on a daily basis. This concise yet comprehensive guidebook provides an accessible and highly referenced resource of practical advice and information on post traumatic distress. Dr O'Brien's coverage ranges from a brief historical perspective on post traumatic illness and its prevalence right through to the present-day legal implications. We are reminded that a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is by no means the only possible response to trauma and a helpful chapter is also devoted to the definition of a normal response. A broad range of theoretical and practical viewpoints are closely examined including an evaluation of management approaches and possibilities for prevention.

'This material is pre-digested for the reader in a clear and coherent way.' The Times Higher Education Supplement ' ... O'Brien presents us with a valuable overview and evaluation of one of the most debated psychiatric entities over the last two decades. This book must be of interest to everyone working in the field of mentally traumatized people.' Morten Ekstrom, Torture

Introduction and historical perspective
Normal reactions to trauma
Epidemiology of post traumatic stress disorder and post traumatic illness
Aetiology and predisposing factors
What constitutes a stressor?
Post traumatic illness other than post traumatic stress disorder
Diagnosis and assessment
Management and outcome of post traumatic illness
Medicolegal aspects of post traumatic illness
Prevention of post traumatic illness
The way ahead
whither now?
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ISBN: 9780521578868
ISBN-10: 0521578868
Series: Psychiatry and Medicine
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 20th April 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.46