Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society

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Bessel A. van der Kolk, Alexander C. McFarlane
Guilford Press, Mar 12, 2012 - Psychology - 596 pages
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Now in paperback, this bestselling classic presents seminal theory and research on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Together, the leading editors and contributors comprehensively examine how trauma affects an individual's biology, conceptions of the world, and psychological functioning. Key topics include why certain people cope successfully with traumatic experiences while others do not, the neurobiological processes underlying PTSD symptomatology, enduring questions surrounding traumatic memories and dissociation, and the core components of effective interventions. A highly influential work that laid the foundation for many of the field's continuing advances, this volume remains an immensely informative and thought-provoking clinical reference and text. A new preface to the paperback edition situates the book within the context of contemporary research developments.
 

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Contents

II Acute Reactions
75
III ADAPTATIONS TO TRAUMA
115
MECHANISMS AND PROCESSES
277
PART V DEVELOPMENTAL SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ISSUES
329
PART VI TREATMENT
415
Conclusions and Future Directions
559
IDXIndex
577
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Bessel van der Kolk M.D. has been active as a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress and related phenomena since the 1970s. He was co-principal investigator of the DSM IV Field Trials for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. His current research is on how trauma affects memory processes and brain imaging studies of PTSD. He has written or co-written several books including Psychological Trauma, Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society, and The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.

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