Assignment: Post-traumatic Stress

Assignment: Post-traumatic Stress

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Assignment: Post-traumatic Stress

(Wk # 4: May 25 to May 31 – Main post under Assignment by Wed, May 27 at 11:59 PM EST).

Students are required to post a minimum of three times per week (1 main post answering the question 100% before Wednesday at 11:59 PM EST and 2 peer responses by Sunday at 11:59 PM EST). The three posts in each individual discussion must be on separate days (same day postings/replies will not be accepted).

Chapter 7 – Posttraumatic Stress

Question(s): be prepared to discuss 2 questions

There are different treatments used for the diagnosis of PTSD. The textbook mentions several.

1. Select one of the PTSD treatments and discuss it.

2. Explain why you selected that particular treatment.

Guidelines: The selection needs to be from the textbook. The student mentions one of the treatments for PTSD (30 points). The student discusses the treatment (35 points). The student explains why she/he selected that particular treatment (35 points).

Chapter Seven: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Background of PTSD

Psychic trauma is the result of experiencing an acute overwhelming threat in which disequilibrium occurs.

Most people are extremely resilient and will quickly return to a state of mental and physical homeostasis.

Acute stress disorder is when symptoms continue for a period of 2 days to 1 month and have an onset within 1 month of the traumatic event.

Background Cont.

If acute stress disorder symptoms develop, they will typically diminish in 1 to 3 months.

Delayed PTSD is when symptoms disappear for a period of time and then reemerge in a variety of symptomatic forms months or years after the event.


Railway train accidents

“Railway spine”

Freud’s research on trauma cases of young Victorian women

“Hysterical neurosis”

Traumatized combat veterans (especially veterans of the Vietnam Conflict)

“Shell shock”

“Combat fatigue”

Benchmarks Cont.

Recognition of domestic violence and rape via the women’s movement

“Battered women’s syndrome”

All came together to be defined as posttraumatic stress disorder in the third edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (1980).