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by Professor Jonathan
Last updated: December 2016 by Dr Stuart
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
was first included as a diagnosis term in DSM-III in
1980, although under other names (e.g. traumatic neurosis), it
has a much longer history in European psychiatry. It is now widely
recognised as a major cause of distress and suffering following
Common symptoms of PTSD include recurring
recollections and dreams related to the traumatic event, avoidance
and numbing, and hypervigilance. Recent reviews have consistently
recommended trauma-focused psychological therapies as a first-line
treatment for PTSD, although pharmacological treatments have also
been found to be effective in some cases.
This module will introduce the
different biological, psychological and social models of PTSD
in adults. It will also provide up-to-date
information on the epidemiology of PTSD and outline steps to
help prevent and treat the condition.
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