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Posttraumatic and Acute Stress Disorders

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  • Authored by a leading expert in the field
  • Easy-to-understand chapters offer practical information on the diagnosis and treatment of posttraumatic and acute stress disorders
  • Expanded from previous editions to include detailed discussion of updated DSM-5 diagnostic criteria

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A handy, easy-to-read reference for the diagnosis and treatment of posttraumatic and acute stress disorders, this important 6th edition has been revised and updated extensively, offering a wealth of new information in a concise format of 6 sections. The new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for PTSD and Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) are discussed, in depth, in Chapters 2 and 6, respectively. In addition, updated tables listing instruments for assessing diagnosis and symptom severity are cited and annotated in seven appendices, as in previous editions. Chapters 3-5 have been revised to keep pace with the ever-expanding literature on treatment of PTSD. This is especially true in Chapter 4 where, in addition to a focus on evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy, CBT and other individual psychosocial treatments (e.g. eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, EMDR), the growing literature is presented on couples, family, group and school-based treatments for adults, children and adolescents. Chapter 5 reviews the pathophysiology of PTSD and evidence-based pharmacotherapy for the disorder. Chapter 6 addresses both normal acute stress reactions and clinically significant ASD, as well as effective interventions for each.

A comprehensive, sophisticated, practical reference for all clinicians, Posttraumatic and Acute Stress Disorders, 6th Edition is an invaluable resource designed to guide the best clinical attention for individuals suffering from posttraumatic an

d acute stress disorders.

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“Geared primarily for clinicians working with individuals who suffer from posttraumatic and other trauma-related disorders, this book also could prove useful for those studying the effects of trauma or working in other capacities (i.e. forensics) with people suffering from trauma-related conditions. … the brevity of this book makes it extremely practical for clinicians and a worthwhile read for anyone interested in diagnosing and treating individuals with trauma-related psychiatric conditions.” (Steven T. Herron, Doody's Book Reviews, August, 2015)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Departments of Pshychiatry and Pharmacology and Toxicology, Geisal School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH and National Center for PTSD VA Medical Center, White River Junction, USA

    Matthew J. Friedman

About the author

Matthew J. Friedman

National Center for PTSD,

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (White River Junction, VT)

Departments of Psychiatry and Pharmacology & Toxicology,

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth (Hanover, NH).


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Posttraumatic and Acute Stress Disorders

  • Authors: Matthew J. Friedman

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-15065-9Published: 18 March 2015

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-15066-6Published: 28 February 2015

  • Edition Number: 6

  • Number of Pages: XII, 155

  • Number of Illustrations: 12 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Psychiatry, Medicine/Public Health, general, Psychological Methods/Evaluation

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