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Prevention of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 

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

Arieh Y. Shalev

, Anna C. Barbano

, Wei Qi

, and Charles R. Marmar

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190259440.003.0037

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) follows an exposure to traumatic events and as such its onset and early development are better charted then those of most other mental disorders. It is not surprising, therefore, that major efforts have been dedicated to preventing its occurrence before, during and after trauma exposure. This chapter discusses the rationale, desirability, feasibility and outcome of interventions designed to prevent PTSD. Several efficient interventions have been documented. Barriers to their early implementations, however, greatly reduce their effectiveness and require urgent attention.

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