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Psychological Trauma

Edited by Rachel Yehuda, Ph.D.
Series Editors: John M. Oldham, M.D., M.S., and Michelle B. Riba, M.D., M.S.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-837-2
  • Item #8837

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Psychological Trauma reviews the theory of traumatic exposure as a major factor in psychological disorders like PTSD. It also addresses the differing outcomes of such exposure as well as exciting treatment options for patients. Some highlights from this volume of the 1998 Review of Psychiatry series include:

  • Complete coverage of the neurological damage from exposure to trauma.
  • A thoughtful discussion of the reasons some rape survivors suffer from chronic PTSD.
  • An established connection between PTSD and anxiety disorders and depression.
  • New uses of pharmacotherapy for patients suffering from PTSD.

The understanding of the connection between trauma and PTSD, is a continuing challenge for physicians. While many patients suffer from the disorder, it is still not commonly understood. Psychological Trauma provides psychiatrists and psychologists accessible and reliable information on the topic.


  • Introduction to the review of psychiatry series. Epidemiology of trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder. Longitudinal development of traumatic stress disorders. Evaluating the effects of psychological trauma: using neuroimaging techniques. Neuroendocrinology of trauma and PTSD. Pharmacology in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and other trauma-related syndromes. Psychosocial treatments of PTSD.

About the Authors

Rachel Yehuda, Ph.D., is Director of the Division of Traumatic Stress Studies Program and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the PTSD Program at the VA Medical Center in Bronx, New York.

The monograph is neatly divided into logically flowing topics that give the reader a sense of continuity to the understanding of all the trauma-related syndromes. . . . The monograph presents an astonishing amount of information on a generally poorly understood topic. I highly recommend it for all mental health professionals.—Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Each chapter is a concisely written and thorough review of recent research with helpful commentary on some of the strengths and weaknesses of current theoretical models of the etiology, neurobiology, and treatment of PTSD. . . . Psychological Trauma will be a welcome addition to the library of those interested in keeping informed about recent trauma research, whether they are researchers or clinical practitioners specializing in such disorders.—Psychiatric Services

The authors provide an extensive review and critique of psychopharmacological literature according to mechanism of action in the treatment of trauma symptoms. . . . This monograph, a must for all health practitioners and aspiring neuropsychologists, will broaden the reader's definition of clinical outcome.—Readings: A Journal of Reviews and Commentary in Mental Health

The psychological trauma section is a concise, comprehensive, integrated overview of research and the state-of-the-art thinking about posttraumatic stress disorder. These chapters break new ground in summarizing current basic and clinical research to inform the theoretician, practitioner, and researcher in the field. It is essential reading for all mental health professionals to be up to date in this burgeoning field.—Earl Giller Jr., Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, Groton, Connecticut

[R]isk Factors for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is a well-written and unusually coherent collection of papers. It is recommended for any clinician interested in a guide to current PTSD research.—Michael Craig Miller, M.D., Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts

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