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Conceptual History of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 

Conceptual History of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Chapter:
Conceptual History of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Source:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Author(s):

Arieh Y. Shalev

, and Charles R. Marmar

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190259440.003.0001

This chapter illustrates the conceptual and historical background of our current understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the implication of that history for current and future research and practice. It follows two parallel paths, conceptual and chronological, showing a progression in defining, recognizing, and diagnosing PTSD, The chapter discusses a stable conceptual space within which key clinical features of PTSD are conserved across time and cultures. The chapter also considers recent conceptual and definitional challenges emanating from new computational tools and advances in neurobehavioral research.

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