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Acute Stress Disorder

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Table of Contents

I. Theoretical and Empirical Issues 1. Lessons from the Past 2. Diagnosis of Acute Stress Disorder 3. Acute Stress Disorder in DSM-5 4. Do Initial Reactions Predict Long-Term Reactions? 5. Biology of Acute Stress Reactions 6. Cognitive Features of Acute Stress Reactions II. Assessment 7. Assessing Acute Stress Reactions III. Treatment 8. What about Psychological Debriefing? 9. An Overview of Treatment for Acute Stress Disorder 10. How to Treat Acute Stress Disorder 11. Challenges to Treating Acute Stress Disorder IV. Special Considerations 12. Mild Traumatic Brain Injury 13. Working with Military Personnel and First Responders 14. Acute Stress Disorder in Children 15. Acute Stress Disorder and the Law 16. Concluding Comments V. Appendices Acute Stress Disorder Structured InterviewaEURO"5 Acute Stress Disorder ScaleaEURO"5 Prolonged Exposure Monitoring Form Thought Record Form Trauma Hierarchy Form In Vivo Exposure Form

About the Author

Richard A. Bryant, PhD, FAPS, is Scientia Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and Director of the Traumatic Stress Clinic. He has won numerous research awards, including the Robert S. Laufer, PhD, Memorial Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Science Award from the Australian Psychological Society, and the Founders Medal from the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research (now the Society for Mental Health Research). His research has focused on understanding and treating acute stress disorder, and he has conducted many experimental, longitudinal, and intervention studies of acute traumatic stress. Dr. Bryant has served on both the DSM-5 and ICD-11 work groups that have written traumatic stress diagnostic guidelines. He has published over 420 peer-reviewed journal articles and 60 book chapters.


"An encyclopedic knowledge of acute stress reactions underpins this highly readable book. Both researchers and clinicians will take this book from the shelf and refer to it repeatedly. It deserves a wide readership among those interested in the impact of community disasters as well as individual traumas of all kinds. This book will prove to be a benchmark reference for the traumatic stress field."--Alexander C. McFarlane, MD, Director, Center for Traumatic Stress Studies, University of Adelaide, Australia "Bryant is the rock star of ASD, having done the most important clinical research in the field for the past 20 years. This is one of the most valuable and most readable books I have encountered in a long time. It should be on the bookshelf of all therapists and trainees to give them the knowledge to help humanity recover from life's traumas. The volume provides everything professionals need to know to treat ASD, including the research on initial reactions to trauma, scripts for describing the treatment to patients, and session-by-session instructions for intervention."--Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine "Accessible, thoughtful, and comprehensive. Remarkable for its scholarship, this book represents a seamless synthesis of historical, cultural, scientific, and clinical perspectives. Bryant focuses on the most important questions relevant to acute stress responses, all the while infusing the discussion with a healthy dose of common sense and firsthand clinical experience. Mental health clinicians, behavioral scientists, and those involved in mental health policy will all find this text both useful and engaging."--Jennifer J. Vasterling, PhD, Chief of Psychology, VA Boston Healthcare System; Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

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