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Fast Facts about PTSD

SKU# 9780826170088

A Guide for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals

Author: Lisa Y. Adams PhD, MSc, RN

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This is a concise, quick-access guide to the full continuum of care for all major health care professionals working with individuals suffering from PTSD. The most comprehensive book available about caring for this population, it encompasses the history of PTSD, its theoretical underpinnings, and complete instructions for conducting a full screening, assessment, and diagnosis for people with PTSD. Designed to facilitate speedy access to information, the guide consists of short paragraphs, bulleted information, and “Fast Facts in a Nutshell” boxes containing critical points.

This book presents information about the scope of populations at risk for developing PTSD, from young victims of bullying to rape/sexual assault victims, and why they are at risk. It includes information for intervention with people of all ages and backgrounds, and includes abundant case scenarios depicting real-life situations. The book also provides important information about strategies for coping with PTSD and, when possible, prevention. Written for both students and practicing health care professionals, it includes everything RNs and APRNs need to be aware of when working with individuals or groups of people suffering from PTSD.

Key Features:

  • Delivers complete practice guidelines for frontline health care professionals who work with individuals with PTSD
  • Includes information on the scope of populations at risk for developing PTSD and why they are at risk
  • Provides real-life case scenarios of individuals with PTSD
  • Covers the practice continuum, offering guidance for intervening with people of different ages and situations
  • Offers objectives, case studies, and “Fast Facts in a Nutshell” boxes

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 19, 2017
  • Page Count 250
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826170088
  • EISBN 9780826170095

About The Author(s) 

Lisa Y. Adams, PhD, MSc, RN, is Course Instructor, Athabasca University, Alberta, CA, and Mental Health and Addictions Consultant, Ministry of Health, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, CA. For six years, Dr. Adams was Division Manager, Geriatric Psychiatry, Waterford Hospital, and, simultaneously, was Community Health Nurse/Crisis Intervener, Health and Community Services, St.John’s Region, Newfoundland, CA. She has conducted eight peer-reviewed research studies and has published 22 articles. Dr. Adams is an active volunteer in a variety of organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society, and is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Newfoundland and Labrador Brain Injury Association and the Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses. She is also a volunteer Peer Reviewer for the UK journal Health and Social Care in the Community, and serves as a board member of the Canadian journal Healthcare Management Forum.

Table of Contents 




1. Understanding Stress, Mental Health, and Mental Illness

2. Trauma


3. PTSD 101

4. Who Suffers or Is at Risk?

5. The Impact of Traumatic Events

6. The Long-Term Impact of PTSD


7. Prevention of PTSD

8. Clinical Interventions

9. Treatment Interventions

10. Coping With PTSD

11. Community Involvement

12. Cultural Implications

13. Special Population Considerations

14. Future Trends and Directions for Treating PTSD