Week 7 P

The DSM-5 task force added a section dedicated to trauma and stress. With an increased exposure to traumatic events, more individuals are exhibiting symptoms related to trauma exposure. Experiencing any of these events can result in an individual’s suffering from a trauma or stressor-related disorder.  

For this Discussion, read the DSM-5 section on trauma and stressor-related disorders, in particular the articles on PTSD by Van der Kolk (2005) and Agaibi and Wilson (2005). Then search the literature for a study related to a national traumatic event and an evidence-based intervention used to treat those suffering from trauma and stressor-related issues associated with it.  

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Post a brief description of the event, including a summary of how it affected the individuals involved. What are some psychosocial issues that needed to be addressed following this event? Identify an intervention that was implemented to address one of the psychosocial issues. Discuss the effectiveness of this intervention as stated in the article. What are some of the implications for social work in connection with traumatic events?

Traumatic and Stressor-Related Disorders  

The following diagnoses are classified in terms of psychological symptoms and behaviors that emerge in response to an external event or stressor, which is a critical diagnostic condition (APA, 2013).  

1.Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) 
 2.Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder (DSED 
3.Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 
4.Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) 
5.Adjustment Disorders (ADs) 
6.Other Specified Trauma-and Stressor Related Disorder 
7.Unspecified Trauma- and Stressor Related Disorder  

These disorders often share overlapping symptoms with anxiety, obsessive compulsive, and dissociative disorders.  American Psychiatric Association (2013). 

Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders   (5th ed.). Arlington VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.   Pomeroy, E. (2015). 

The Clinical Assessment Workbook: Balancing Strengths and Differential   Diagnosis. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

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