Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Descriptive Essay by write123

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
A discussion on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its treatment therapies.
# 106411 | 2,750 words | 16 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Aug 04, 2008 in Psychology (Disorders) , Psychology (Therapies) , Psychology (Case Studies)

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This paper examines the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by using gestalt and existential therapies as the basis for long-term success, and cognitive behavioral therapies to overcome single-cause or single-behavior problems in an effective and time-efficient manner. The paper points out that the choice of technique depends largely on the client's issues. The paper then explains that, by treating PTSD, which has been a recognized diagnostic category since 1980, one can reduce co-morbidities, persistent disability and inability to fit in with the rest of society.

Table of Contents:
Etiology for PTSD
Incidence and Prevalence
Treatment for PTSD
Treating the Rape Victim and Her Family
Treating GI Joe: PTSD Treatment for a Soldier Returned Home

From the Paper:

"His daughter, Sarah, lived with her secret for two years. During that time, she exhibited classic symptoms of PTSD: she was argumentative, hostile, talked too much in school, and did not pay attention to her teachers. She was particularly truculent about gym participation (a trigger for PTSD symptoms).
"Sarah suffered from PTSD. Her symptoms were short-term ("acute distress") and long term (PTSD) (Harvey, 1998). According to Frank et al, there is a two-phase response to rape. The short-term response is depression, fear, anxiety and reduced social function."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • APA. (1994). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: Fourth Edition (DSM IV). Washington: American Psychiatric Association.
  • Davidson, J. R. (2001). Multicenter, Double-blind Comparison of Sertraline and Placebo in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Archives of General Psychiatry , 485-492.
  • Davidson, J. (2001). Recognition and Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. JAMA , 584-588.
  • Foa, E. a. (1998). Treating the Trauma of Rape: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for PTSD. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Frank, E. T. (1980). Initial response to rape: The impact of factors within the rape situation. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment , Vol 2, No. 1.

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