Clinician's Guide to PTSD: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach

Steven Taylor, Ph.D.

 The Clinician’s Guide to PTSD will help you:

  1. determine different conceptual models of PTSD
  2. enhance your awareness of interventions in this field
  3. identify strategies for addressing frequently encountered comorbid conditions
  4. recognize approaches to integrating psychopharmacology into treatment
  5. help family members with decision making and involvement in patient treatment

Based on the DSM-IV-TR Diagnostic Criteria for PTSD, this means

Traumatic stressor: The person has been exposed to a traumatic event in which both of the following were present:

  1. the person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others
  2. the person’s response involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror.

B. Reexperiencing: The traumatic event is persistently reexperienced in one (or more) of the following ways:

  1. recurrent and intrusive distressing recollections of the event, including images, thoughts, or perceptions.
  2. recurrent distressing dreams of the event.
  3. acting or feeling as if the traumatic event were recurring (includes a sense of reliving the experience, illusions, hallucinations, and dissociative flashback episodes, including those that occur on awakening or when intoxicated).
  4. intense psychological distress at exposure to internal or external cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event
  5. physiological reactivity on exposure to internal or external cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event

C. Avoidance and numbing: Persistent avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma and numbing of general responsiveness (not present before the trauma), as indicated by three (or more) of the following:

  1. efforts to avoid thoughts, feelings, or conversations associated with the trauma
  2. efforts to avoid activities, places, or people that arouse recollections of the trauma
  3. inability to recall an important aspect of the trauma
  4. markedly diminished interest or participation in significant activities
  5. feeling of detachment or estrangement from others
  6. restricted range of affect (e.g., unable to have loving feelings)
  7. sense of a foreshortened future (e.g., does not expect to have a career, marriage, children, or a normal life span).

D. Hyperarousal: Persistent symptoms of increased arousal (not present before the trauma), as indicated by two (or more) of the following:

  1. difficulty falling or staying asleep
  2. irritability or outbursts of anger
  3. difficulty concentrating
  4. hypervigilance
  5. exaggerated startle response

E. Duration of the disturbance (symptoms in Criteria B, C, and D) is more than 1 month.

F. The disturbance causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. Note. From American Psychiatric Association (2000). Copyright 2000 by the American Psychiatric Association. Reprinted by permission.

ISBN# 978-1-60623-449-5
Pages 322 pages, soft cover 6 x 9
Year 2009