Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Definition

The following definition of PTSD comes from Psychology Today.

“Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a trauma and stress related disorder that may develop after exposure to an event or ordeal in which death, severe physical harm or violence occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or unnatural disasters, accidents, or military combat.”

Key concepts: etiology and diagnosis, evidence based treatments, co-occurring problems, and measurement based care, in patient care, pharmacotherapy, Sx reduction, trauma, veterans.

Relevant Research Articles

Article 1
Epidemiology of posttraumatic stress disorder
Atwoli, L., Stein, D. J., Koenen, K. C., & Mclaughlin, K. A. (2015). Epidemiology of posttraumatic stress disorder. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 28(4), 307-311.
This review discusses recent findings from epidemiological surveys of traumatic events and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) globally, including their prevalence, risk factors, and consequences in the community
Article 2
Post-traumatic stress disorder: Epidemiology and health-related considerations
Hildago, R. B., & Davidson, J. R. (2000). Post-traumatic stress disorder: Epidemiology and health-related considerations. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 61 (supp 7), 5-13.
An article that explains a study trying to better understand the societal cost of PTSD. Traumatic exposure and PTSD have an impact on the individual’s health, health care service utilization, and general functioning. Such effects provoke a considerable economic burden not only for those persons experiencing trauma and PTSD, but also for the health care system and society as a whole.
Article 3
Post-traumatic stress disorder, drug dependence, and suicidality among male Vietnam veterans with a history of heavy drug use
Price, R. K., Risk, N. K., Haden, A. H., Lewis, C. E., & Spitznagel, E. L. (2004). Post-traumatic stress disorder, drug dependence, and suicidality among male Vietnam veterans with a history of heavy drug use. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 76 Supp, S 31-43.
An article looking at the role of PTSD and drug dependence in non-fatal suicidality among Vietnam Veterans.
Article 1
Clinical challenges in the treatment of patients with posttraumatic stress disorder and substance abuse
Schafer, I., & Najavits, L. M. (2007). Clinical challenges in the treatment of patients with posttraumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 20, 614-618.
The aim of the article is to review the current literature on co-occuring posttraumatic stress disorder and substance-use disorder, with an emphasis on clinical aspects and emerging treatments.

Current Books

The body keeps the score: brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma

The body keeps the score: brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma.

Dr. Kolk uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust.
Kolk, B. V. D. (2015). The body keeps the score: brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma. NY, NY: Penguin Books.

What it is like to go to war

What it is like to go to war

The author recounts experiences that, outside the arena of war, are horrifying or embarrassing for the soldiers who lived them during the Vietnam War. Marlantes exposes veterans’ self-destructive code of silence as the price for re-entering our society.
Marlantes, K. (2012). What it is like to go to war. Rearsby: Clipper Large Print.

E-book: The Truth About Trauma

E-book: The Truth About Trauma

An ebook about Trauma and PTSD using a personal account and what to do. Has a nice list of resources and explains the DSM-IV Criteria for PTSD.
The Truth About Trauma by Shelly Beach and Wanda Sanchez

Top Websites and Links

SAMHSA

A great resource on trauma interventions including the six key principles.

TIP 57

Assists behavioral health professionals in understanding the impact and consequences for those who experience trauma. Discusses patient assessment, treatment planning strategies that support recovery, and building a trauma-informed care workforce.

NIH

The National Institute of Mental Health’s page on PTSD. Provides a great introduction to PTSD including useful information on the signs and symptoms, risk factors, and treatment of PTSD.

US Department of Veteran Affairs

The US Department of Veterans Affairs page for PTSD.  It is dedicated to research and education on trauma and PTSD. They work to assure that the latest research findings help those exposed to trauma.

Webinars and Online Trainings

CASAT Trainings
Training website of all trainings offered through CASAT at UNR

National Center for PTSD Continuing Education VA
List of course on PTSD that earn Continuing Education credits

Gift from Within PTSD Resources for Survivors and Caregivers
A large collection of webcast and podcasts for those interested in PTSD.

Tools Available Online

The PTSD Workbook

Williams, M. B., & Poijula, S. (2016). The PTSD workbook: simple, effective techniques for overcoming traumatic stress symptoms. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc. A workbook that offers the most effective tools available for overcoming PTSD.

National Center for PTSD Toolkits

Toolkits for clergy, police, college campus, from the National Center for PTSD.

PTSD Coach Online

An online page through the VA where experienced online coaches will take you through tools that help you build skills to help you deal with your symptoms of PTSD.

PTSD Treatment Decision Aid

An online tool that allows people to learn about treatment options for PTSD, see what is fitting for his or her individual case, and then prepare users for next steps towards starting treatment.

PTSD Guides

Bernardy, N. C., & Friedman, M. J. (2015). A practical guide to PTSD treatment: pharmacological and psychotherapeutic approaches

Bernardy, N. C., & Friedman, M. J. (2015). A practical guide to PTSD treatment: pharmacological and psychotherapeutic approaches

A guide on how pharmacological approaches can be integrated with tratditional psychoterhapy approaches to PTSD

Bernardy, N. C., & Friedman, M. J. (2015). A practical guide to PTSD treatment: pharmacological and psychotherapeutic approaches. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

101 trauma-Informed interventions activities, exercises and assignments to move the client and therapy forward

101 trauma-Informed interventions activities, exercises and assignments to move the client and therapy forward

Curran, Linda A. 101 trauma-Informed interventions activities, exercises and assignments to move the client and therapy forward. Premier Publishing & Media, 2015.

Contains over 100 approaches to effectively deal with trauma. This workbook pulls together a wide array of treatments into one concise resource.

Seeking Safety: a Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse

Seeking Safety: a Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse

Najavits, Lisa. Seeking Safety: a Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse. Guilford Press, 2002.

This manual presents the first empirically studied, integrative treatment approach developed specifically for co-occurring PTSD and substance abuse.

Pharmacologic Guidelines for Treating Individuals with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Co-Occurring Opioid Use Disorder

Pharmacologic Guidelines for Treating Individuals with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Co-Occurring Opioid Use Disorder

A short SAMSHA report for treating individuals with these specific co-occurring issues.

PTSD Research Quarterly (RQ)

PTSD Research Quarterly (RQ)

The most current articles from the PTSD Research Quarterly.

Clinician's Trauma Update (CTU-Online)

Clinician's Trauma Update (CTU-Online)

This newsletter, updated ever two months, provides brief updates to the current research on trauma.

KAP for Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services

KAP for Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services

A short 15 page document explaining the main keys for Clinicians based on TIP 57 (Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services).

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

A quick 8 page pamphlet of PTSD from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH).

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Short Booklet on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that explains what it is, treatment options, and finding help.

Understanding PTSD and Substance Use for Veterans, General Public, Family and Friends

Understanding PTSD and Substance Use for Veterans, General Public, Family and Friends

A one page flyer on PTSD for Veterans and their families made by the VA.

Infographics

PTSD - a National Disorder

What Are The Symptoms of PTSD

PTSD - Military Pathways

News Articles

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Therapy Holds Promise for PTSD Treatment
Positive results found from early study on using MBSR as a form of treatment for people with PTSD.

A Veteran Wonders: How Will my PTSD Affect my Kids
One woman’s story of how PTSD affects her life and family ten years after returning from war.

Marijuana may hold promise in treating veterans with PTSD
Story of trying to find scientific proof of benefits of using Marijuana as treatment and relief of veterans with PTSD.

The PTSD Trap: Our Over diagnosis of PTSD in Vets is enough to make you Sick.
Redirected from http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/?p=101958
A counter point questioning if over diagnosis of PTSD is harming veterans.

Nevada Health Department allows treating PTSD with Marijuana
Nevada State Health Department now allows people with PTSD to qualify for medical marijuana.
See http://www.connorpllc.com/new-relief-nevadas-ptsd-sufferers/ and
https://www.leafly.com/news/health/qualifying-conditions-for-medical-marijuana-by-state

Media

Interviews and Videos about PTSD

Zooming Video Camera Lens

Nevada Specific Resources

The State of Nevada Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness.
A resource center with links, blogs, forums, and many other useful articles on PTSD

Mental Illness in Nevada: Screening, Intervention and Intercepts to Avoid System Failure
A Nevada Specific Presentation about Mental Illness including PTSD.

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