Evolution and Posttraumatic Stress: Disorders of Vigilance and Defence

Author(s) : Chris Cantor

Evolution and Posttraumatic Stress: Disorders of Vigilance and Defence

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2005
  • Category :
    Trauma and Violence
  • Catalogue No : 22543
  • ISBN 13 : 9781583917718
  • ISBN 10 : 1583917713
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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder remains one of the most contentious and poorly understood psychiatric disorders. Evolution and Posttraumatic Stress provides a valuable new perspective on its nature and causes. This book is the first to examine PTSD from an evolutionary perspective. Beginning with a review of conventional theories, Chris Cantor provides a clear and succinct overview of the history, clinical features and epidemiology of PTSD before going on to introduce and integrate evolutionary theory. Subjects discussed include:The evolution of human defensive behavioursA clinical perspective of PTSDDefence in overdrive: evolution, PTSD and parsimonyThis original presentation of PTSD as a defensive strategy describes how the use of evolutionary theory provides a more coherent and successful model for diagnosis, greatly improving understanding of usually mystifying symptoms. It will be of great interest to psychiatrists, psychotherapists, psychologists, anthropologists.

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