Complementary and Alternative Medicine for PTSD

Complementary and Alternative Medicine for PTSD

David M Benedek and Gary H Wynn

Print publication date: Aug 2016

ISBN: 9780190205959

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

Posttraumatic stress disorder may result from exposure to a myriad of traumatic events including war, natural disaster, and interpersonal violence. Traditional methods of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy have provided relief to many but have also failed to address the suffering of large numbers of others. This suboptimal response to traditional care leaves many both patients and providers frustrated that tools necessary to alleviate the social, occupational and interpersonal dysfunction resulting from PTSD seem lacking. Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, compiles the most recent understanding of many of the complementary and alternative modalities used to fill this therapeutic void. In 16 well-organized, accessible chapters, leaders in their respective fields review the latest research and the best clinical approaches for treatments including yoga, acupuncture, meditation, alternative pharmacology, and virtual reality. While chapters vary to reflect the varying degrees of present clinical experience and knowledge for these modalities, each chapter provides the most up to date understanding of neurobiology, best practices, and key points for clinicians and patients considering inclusion of these treatments in patient care. Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder provides an excellent overview of the field and starting point for clinicians and patients interested in learning more about these treatments. For everyone from student to senior clinician this text can serve as a thoughtful reference and practical guide to everyday clinical interactions. This book can begin the journey into understanding complementary and alternative medicine for PTSD and the potential benefit for patients and clinicians.