One-day conference: PTSD
The term "posttraumatic stress disorder" came into use in the 1970s in large part due to the diagnoses of U.S. military veterans of the Vietnam War. It was officially recognised by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980 in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III). PTSD is unusual as a mental disorder in having a defined cause, the experience of a traumatic event. Anyone experiencing a traumatic event is likely to have short-term effects. However, for some people the impact is long-term and very damaging. Symptoms include flashbacks, anxiety and mental or physical distress in response to trauma-related cues.
Our expert presenters will discuss some of the many (and very diverse) ways in which PTSD has been investigated, how these studies have enhanced our understanding of the condition and how effective treatments are being developed.
- Dr Peter Naish will be talking about memory models and how PTSD has been viewed as a filing problem in memory.
- Dr Dominic Murphy runs the research department of a leading British charity (Combat Stress) which supports veterans with mental health problems. He will be talking about how the dominant cause of PTSD is exposure to violence, and about the profile of help-seeking veterans.
- Dr Meisser-Stedman will be talking about PTSD in children and adolescents who have been exposed to trauma.
- Dr Vanessa Jones will be talking about how PTSD takes different forms and is often associated with other disorders. She will be discussing schizotypy, and vulnerability to intrusions and how these link PTSD and psychosis.
A flier for this event is available here PTSD Conference 2018.
This event will be held at Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, CB2 8PE.
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