Evidence-Based Practice for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

B. Christopher Frueh, Anouk L. Grubaugh, Alok Madan, Sandra M. Neer, Jon D. Elhai, Deborah C. Beidel

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This chapter briefly reviews the evidence for other posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) interventions so as to provide a comprehensive summary of treatment options for the disorder. The appropriate use of evidence-based practices, administered as soon as possible after return from deployment, may offer the best hope for alleviating PTSD and preventing subsequent occupational, social, and familial impairments. A number of etiological pathways and causal mechanisms have been implicated in the development of PTSD. PTSD is a severe psychiatric disorder resulting from a history of exposure to a traumatic event that results in a minimum threshold of symptoms across four symptom clusters namely: intrusion, avoidance, negative alterations in cognitions and mood, and alterations in arousal and reactivity. Additional criteria relate to duration of symptoms, functioning, and differential diagnosis due to a substance or other co-occurring condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEvidence-Based Psychotherapy
Subtitle of host publicationThe State of the Science and Practice
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9781119462996
ISBN (Print)9781118625521
StatePublished - Jan 26 2018


  • Evidence-based practices
  • Evidence-based psychotherapy
  • Familial impairments
  • Occupational impairments
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder interventions
  • Social impairments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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