Coping with post-traumatic stress disorder A guide for families

Cheryl A. Roberts

Book - 2011

"This book is a user friendly discussion of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as it affects individuals and families. New to this edition is information regarding Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and the new policies and treatments in use as well as information about women war veterans, who are a newer demographic for combat PTSD"--

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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co c2011.
Main Author
Cheryl A. Roberts (-)
2nd ed
Physical Description
iv, 225 p. ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-218) and index.
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • 1. What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
  • 2. How Is PTSD Diagnosed, and by Whom?
  • 3. Who Is at Risk for PTSD? Can PTSD Be Prevented?
  • 4. Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Is PTSD a Universal Disorder?
  • 5. PTSD and the Individual
  • 6. PTSD and the Family
  • 7. Can PTSD Families Be Healthy Families?
  • 8. Treatment for PTSD: Counseling
  • 9. Treatment for PTSD: Medication
  • 10. Complementary Techniques for Treating PTSD
  • 11. Living with PTSD
  • 12. Trends in PTSD Research and Treatment
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix A. Diagnostic Criteria for PTSD (DSM IV)
  • Appendix B. Global Assessment of Functioning Scale (DSM IV)
  • Appendix C. Resources for PTSD Survivors and Families
  • Appendix D. Resources for Veterans
  • Appendix E. Recommended Publications
  • Appendix F. Recommended Films
  • References
  • Index
Review by Library Journal Review

Roberts (applied linguistics, Univ. of Northern Iowa) updates her 2003 original book on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Admitting her nonclinical background, she explains how her marriage to a Vietnam veteran, interest in human behavior, and living and working in different cultures led to further investigating PTSD. Strongly directed at lay readers interested in or personally experiencing the disorder and its accompanying stress, Roberts explains the effects of PTSD on individuals and their families, including the trauma caused by noncombat violence and natural disasters. She nicely covers PTSD causes, clinical diagnosis, and treatment of the disorder, including counseling, medication, and alternative therapy. She also presents typical challenges faced by PTSD individuals and their families and provides helpful recommendations on how best to develop and implement a healthy, long-term approach to handling them. New here is information regarding Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, new policies and treatments used with military veterans, and information on female war vets, who represent a new demographic for combat PTSD. VERDICT Roberts includes helpful additional resources for PTSD survivors and family members and a handy guide to recommended reading, as well as key films that dramatically convey the reality of PTSD. Primarily focused on combat, this will be of great value to veterans or those in the armed services who may be experiencing PTSD and their family and friends.-Dale Farris, Groves, TX (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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