Exploring PTSD

December 12, 2018


Trauma’s sources are so vast as to be innumerable, but its treatments are a subject of constant discussion within the mental health community. Whether a patient seeks therapy or medical intervention, the ripple effects of post-traumatic stress disorder necessitate an informed, individualized treatment plan that tackles a patient’s particular experiences and symptoms. Here, we’ve curated a selection of free chapters from essential Oxford psychology and psychiatry texts, applicable in a range of settings and delving into the numerous facets of this news-making condition.

Essential Reading

Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders 
Just like personalities and social mores change from Brooklyn to Bogota, Kansas City to Kerala, so too do the symptoms of PTSD differ between cultures. Here, the authors explain the varying levels of trauma vulnerability and the interpretation of symptoms across regional and societal lines.

Reclaiming Your Life from a Traumatic Experience 
An Introduction

Goodwin and Guze’s Psychiatric Diagnosis 
The latest edition of this seminal psychiatric text helps doctors the history and contemporary understanding of PTSD, including recent epidemiologic and neurobiological findings.

Individual and Cultural Diversity 
Advocating for the consideration of diversity issues in everyday practice of rehabilitation psychology

Is Exposure Therapy Necessary to Treat PTSD? 
Before jumping into Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) as a treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it’s helpful to have a clinical and a research context. This chapter describes the state of accepted treatments for PTSD, the dominant theory and rationale supporting exposure therapy as a treatment, and the rationale and evidence for IPT as a treatment alternative

Surviving Vietnam: Psychological Consequences of the War for US Veterans 
What happens when the coping mechanism a soldier learns in the course of war proves unhelpful back home? What if the ways they survived in battle become burdensome in day-to-day life? This chapter delves into the reported statistics of PTSD in Vietnam veterans, assessing those numbers through a critical lens and looking at historic cases that help inform our understanding of post-war mental illness.

Facilitating Recovery From Moral and Spiritual Injuries 
War can be a life-altering and worldview-changing experience. This chapter describes the types of morally injurious experiences and associated emotional reactions; explains why these events can elicit feelings of guilt, shame, anger, and frustration; discusses the psychological and spiritual implications; and reviews the available treatments for moral injury.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 
This chapter on the prevention of PTSD helps clinicians and practitioners understand how best to anticipate and pre-empt the effects of trauma on those who are especially at risk, from veterans to victims of natural disasters.

Healing the Hidden Wounds of War: Treating the Combat Veteran with PTSD at Risk for Suicide 
This chapter is aimed at integrating this work to create a helpful guideline for the understanding and treatment of the combat veteran with PTSD at risk for suicide.

Introductory Information for Therapists 
This CBT program is designed for working with adolescents aged 13–17 who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a trauma.

OUP Journal Articles

The mental health of sons and daughters of Australian Vietnam veterans 
International Journal of Epidemiology

Trends in mental health outcomes and combat exposure among US marines returning from Iraq, Afghanistan or other deployments, 2004–13 
Journal of Public Health

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders in homeless migrant women in the Paris region 
European Journal of Public Health

Anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder among refugees - a systematic review 
European Journal of Public Health

Genetic approaches to understanding post-traumatic stress disorder 
International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology

Music Therapy Treatment of Active Duty Military: An Overview of Intensive Outpatient and Longitudinal Care Programs 
Music Therapy Perspectives

Psychological Mechanisms Mediating Effects Between Trauma and Psychotic Symptoms: The Role of Affect Regulation, Intrusive Trauma Memory, Beliefs, and Depression 
Schizophrenia Bulletin

Traumatic Stress Disorders and Risk of Subsequent Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder or Bipolar Disorder: A Nationwide Cohort Study 
Schizophrenia Bulletin