Overview of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Term Paper by scribbler

A review of the statistics and research on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its treatment.
# 152122 | 967 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 02, 2013 in Psychology (Disorders) , Psychology (Therapies)

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This paper provides a summary of current PTSD statistics and research and then looks at current trends in treatment, risk identification and theoretical concepts of PTSD. The paper provides a summary of the different treatment options available that include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing techniques (EMDR) and group therapy.

Summary of Current PTSD Statistics
Summary of Current PTSD Research
Current Trends in Treatment, Risk Identification, and Theoretical Concepts
Summary of Available Treatment Choices

From the Paper:

"Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that describes a set of physiological and psychological reactions to traumatic experiences (Gerrig & Zimbardo, 2008). In retrospect, Civil War-era "battle fatigue," World War I-era "shell shock," and World War II-era "combat neurosis" or "traumatic neurosis" (USDVA, 2007). Generally, PTSD is caused by exposure to traumatic events of many kinds but it is most often associated with Vietnam-era U.S. Armed Forces veterans and subsequent military combat service.
"Approximately 30 percent of military veterans, 45 percent of battered women, 50 percent of sexually abused children, and 35 percent of adult rape victims are currently believed to suffer from PTSD (Gerrig & Zimbardo, 2008). Likewise, individuals in high-stress occupations where they face physical danger, threats of violence, and regular exposure to traumas affecting others typically experience much higher rates of PTSD than the 2 or 3 percent rate of PTSD in the general population. Police officers and firefighters, for example, experience PTSD symptoms at a rate of 13 percent and 18 percent, respectively (Gerrig & Zimbardo, 2008)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Breslau, N., Lucia, V., Alvarado, G. "Intelligence and Other Predisposing Factors in Exposure to Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Follow-up Study at Age 17 Years." Archives of General Psychiatry; Vol. 63 (2006): 1238-1245. Accessed online March 25, 2010 from: www.archgenpsychiatry.com.
  • Gerrig R and Zimbardo P. (2008). Psychology and Life. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
  • McGirk T. "How One Army Town Copes with Posttraumatic Stress" Time; November 30, 2009. Accessed online March 25, 2010 from: http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,1940694,00.html.
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2007). National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Fact Sheet. Accessed online March 25, 2010 from: http://ncptsd.va.gov/ncmain/ncdocs/fact_shts/fs_treatmentforptsd.html

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