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Traumatic Stress : The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society - Bessel A. Van der Kolk

Traumatic Stress

The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society

Paperback Published: 1st November 2006
ISBN: 9781572304574
Number Of Pages: 596

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Now in paperback, this bestselling classic presents seminal theory and research on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Together, the leading editors and contributors comprehensively examine how trauma affects an individual's biology, conceptions of the world, and psychological functioning. Key topics include why certain people cope successfully with traumatic experiences while others do not, the neurobiological processes underlying PTSD symptomatology, enduring questions surrounding traumatic memories and dissociation, and the core components of effective interventions. A highly influential work that laid the foundation for many of the field's continuing advances, this volume remains an immensely informative and thought-provoking clinical reference and text. A new preface to the paperback edition situates the book within the context of contemporary research developments.

"A valuable text on trauma and its treatment. I use the book in the courses Clinical Practice I and II. It is very informative in that it provides many perspectives regarding the possible long-term effects of trauma on children and adults. In addition, the authors' styles make the book highly accessible and useful for clinicians at all levels of practice."--Karen Kaufman, PhD, LCSW, Adjunct Faculty Member, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service "Once in a blue moon, a book is published that bears such importance for its subject that it becomes an instant classic. Traumatic Stress is such a book...No doubt, researchers will consider Traumatic Stress as an essential resource, and no academic library serving PTSD scholars will want to be without it..." --L.S. Beall, Auburn University in Choice, December 1996

"van der Kolk, McFarlane, and Weisaeth have had the courage to investigate and write about the most controversial areas in modern psychiatric research. Their intelligent, careful, and wide-ranging collection of essays adheres to a high standard of scientific rigor and in doing so shows a deep sympathy with the human face of suffering. The study of psychological trauma raises profound intellectual, ethical, and political questions, and this book is essential reading for anyone who wants to participate in the discussion." --Carol Gilligan, Ph.D., Harvard University

"This is a book of great scope and lucid intelligence that integrates the work of many pioneers and captures the keen spirit of inquiry that animates this rapidly developing field. As a comprehensive summary of our current state of knowledge and a guide to the next generation of clinicians and researchers, Traumatic Stress will be the gold standard reference for many years to come." --Judith L. Herman, MD, Harvard Medical School

"Encyclopedic in its scope, Traumatic Stress provides a detailed review and critical analysis of the vast literature generated by the renewed interest in psychological trauma during the past two decades. Although not as yet woven into a final, fully illuminative tapestry, the individual threads of the psychological, biological, developmental, cultural, and historical aspects of emotionally traumatic experiences are clearly spun throughout the text. As such, they stand as guides to deeper clinical understanding and further research for all who wish to follow them. The volume is an important contribution to the field and should become a basic work of reference for the growing legion of mental health professionals concerned with the role of traumatic stress in the production of human illness." --John C. Nemiah, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, Harvard Medical School

"An impressive and important book. van der Kolk and McFarlane bring both science and sensitivity to this edited volume on PTSD. From children to the elderly, from psychoanalysis to psychopharmacology, from the individual to society at large, the clinical material is all here. An international list of contributors provide a rich collection of chapters covering all aspects of PTSD. Both comprehensive and integrative, Traumatic Stress will reshape the way that we understand trauma." --Frank W. Putnam, MD, NIMH

"I have used this book as a text in two graduate social work courses: 'Crisis Intervention and Trauma Treatment' and 'Clinical Practice 2.' Several chapters stand out as particularly valuable in addressing elements of trauma of concern to all mental health workers. The book provides clear coverage of such critical topics as biological and cultural aspects of trauma, problems of dissociation and information processing, general treatment principles, and specific treatment approaches. The text is well organized and well written, and provides an excellent foundation for the study of trauma."--Robert Chazin, DSW, Fordham University

Background Issues and History
The Black Hole of Traumap. 3
Trauma and Its Challenge to Societyp. 24
History of Trauma in Psychiatryp. 47
Acute Reactions
Stress versus Traumatic Stress: From Acute Homeostatic Reactions to Chronic Psychopathologyp. 77
Acute Posttraumatic Reactions in Soldiers and Civiliansp. 102
Adaptations to Trauma
The Classification of Posttraumatic Stress Disorderp. 117
The Nature of Traumatic Stressors and the Epidemiology of Posttraumatic Reactionsp. 129
Resilience, Vulnerability, and the Course of Posttraumatic Reactionsp. 155
The Complexity of Adaptation to Trauma: Self-Regulation, Stimulus Discrimination, and Characterological Developmentp. 182
The Body Keeps the Score: Approaches to the Psychobiology of Posttraumatic Stress Disorderp. 214
Assessment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Clinical and Research Settingsp. 242
Memory: Mechanisms and Processes
Trauma and Memoryp. 279
Dissociation and Information Processing in Posttraumatic Stress Disorderp. 303
Developmental, Social, and Cultural Issues
Traumatic Stress in Childhood and Adolescence: Recent Developments and Current Controversiesp. 331
Prior Traumatization and the Process of Aging: Theory and Clinical Implicationsp. 359
Legal Issues in Posttraumatic Stress Disorderp. 378
Trauma in Cultural Perspectivep. 398
A General Approach to Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorderp. 417
Prevention of Posttraumatic Stress: Consultation, Training, and Early Treatmentp. 441
Acute Preventive Interventionsp. 463
Acute Treatmentsp. 480
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorderp. 491
The Psychopharmacological Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorderp. 510
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: The Nature of the Therapeutic Relationshipp. 525
The Therapeutic Environment and New Explorations in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorderp. 537
Conclusions and Future Directionsp. 559
Indexp. 577
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ISBN: 9781572304574
ISBN-10: 157230457X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 596
Published: 1st November 2006
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.89