Is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) an illness that arises after horrific and life-threatening events? Or is it a label that medicalizes human suffering, and brings with it more problems than it solves? Still a relatively new diagsis, PTSD has changed our vocabulary and shaped our views on human coping and resilience. Yet almost every assumption upon which the diagsis rests has come under question. In this volume, Gerald Rosen brings together leading international scholars in posttraumatic studies to consider the most contentious debates. Each chapter offers an analysis of the issues, reviews current research, and clarifies implications for the practicing clinician. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Issues and Controversies is essential reading for all practitioners, researchers, and students who work in the field of trauma. Professionals in related health fields and the law will also find this book useful.
Gerald M. Rosen has a private practice in Clinical Psychology, and holds an appointment as Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is on the Editorial Board of The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice, and has published peer-reviewed articles on professional issues in the treatment and assessment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.