Understanding PTSD: Implications for court

Gerald Young, Rachel Yehuda

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that has captivated the attention of the legal profession in the area of psychological injury, in some part perhaps by providing for plaintiffs a more tangible way of expressing "pain and suffering" inflicted by injury. This view assumes that the research regarding etiology, phenomenology, prevalence, course, comorbidity, and biologic underpinnings has fully resolved all outstanding issues. Yet, the nature and description of PTSD is still in the process of being more carefully studied. In this review, we highlight some of the current issues that researchers are studying and suggest which ones necessitate caution in the legal arena.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychological Knowledge in Court
Subtitle of host publicationPTSD, Pain, and TBI
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)0387256091, 9780387256092
StatePublished - 2006


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