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Traumatic Stress: Exposure, Identification, and Intervention in Correctional Systems, Part I  

Author:  John F.  Chapman, Psy.D..; Julian D.  Ford, Ph.D..; Josephine  Hawke, Ph.D..; David  Albert, Ph.D..

Source: Volume 07, Number 05, July/August 2006 , pp.65-70(6)

Correctional Health Care Report

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This is part one of a twopart series on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In Part I, we will discuss the incidence of trauma and PTSD and the importance of recognizing PTSD among the incarcerated population. In our next issue, we will discuss the screening, evaluation, and treatment of inmates with PTSD. Although post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is considered a psychiatric illness in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9), and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSMIII) (Turnbull, 1998a), it demands the attention of all health care professionals— ot just mental health specialists.

Keywords: Cross-Cultural, treatment attrition, hypothalamicpituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, cytotoxicity, suicide, Psychopathoogy, Alexithymia

Affiliations:  1: State of Connecticut Judicial Branch; 2: University of Connecticut Medical School; 3: University of Connecticut Health Center; 4: University of Connecticut Health Center.

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