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Stress Related Disorders

Emilio Ovuga

Gulu University

Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, served as Dean of The Faculty of Medicine of Gulu University, researcher, author, manuscript reviewer, and bioethicist in Uganda. Dr. Ovuga holds a joint Ph.D. from Karolinska Institute, Sweden, and Makerere University, Uganda, in suicidology and psychiatric epidemiology.


Traumatic Events Post-traumatic Stress Disorders Psychiatric Disorders Spectrum Psychosomatic Disorders Somatoform Disorders Metabolic Disorders Clinical Manifestations Epigenetics Factors Criminal Responsibility Public Health Gene-Environment Interactions Stress-Related Disorders

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Since the novel appearance of post-traumatic stress disorders in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III) of the American Psychiatric Association, the concept of psychiatric disorders in psychiatric and psychological nosology has evolved tremendously. Although stress-related disorder was initially limited to the concept of post-traumatic stress disorders and was primarily associated with exposure to extreme or life-threatening situations, the literature on psychiatric or other disorders associated with traumatic events indicates that disorders associated with stressful events can be elicited by a variety of etiological factors ranging from domestic violence, organized community violence, natural disorders, diagnosis of terminal illness and exposure to terrorist attacks. Concerning community exposure to the actions of armed groups, post-traumatic stress disorder has attracted legal significance not only at regional levels but also the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and other epidemics before it has added to the growing number of significant exposure variables for disorders associated with traumatic events in human existence. While disorders resulting from exposure to extreme traumatic events were diagnosed in clinical settings, modern radio imaging technologies have provided additional opportunities for researchers to search for, and study the biological basis of stress-related disorders. Treatments for disorders related to traumatic events have further expanded from medication to a variety of psychotherapies and psychosocial approaches such as prayers, games, and support to communities for economic empowerment and reintegration of perpetrators of violence back into their communities.

This book, titled: "Stress-Related Disorders" will provide an opportunity for researchers, clinicians, psychotherapists, rehabilitation experts, occupational therapists, and forensic experts to share their knowledge, skills, experiences, and research in the field of medical, psychiatric, and psychosocial impacts of exposure to traumatic events.

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Emilio Ovuga

Gulu University

Dr Emilio Ovuga, PhD dr med, is retired Professor of Psychiatry and Mental Health, and former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Gulu University in northern Uganda. Dr Ovuga completed his undergraduate medical education at Makerere University in 1976, and postgraduate training in psychiatry at the same university in 1981. Dr Ovuga holds a joint PhD of Karolinska Institute, Sweden and Makerere University, Uganda, in suicidology and psychiatric epidemiology. Dr Ovuga worked at Makerere University, serving that institution in various capacities including being Head of the Department of Psychiatry, and member of several committees of Senate from 1989 to 2006. Outside his home country, Uganda, Dr Ovuga worked as a psychiatrist in Mathare Mental Hospital in Nairobi, and in Western Kenya from 1981 to 1984, and the Transkei homeland of South Africa from 1984 to 1989. Apart from active administrative duties, Dr Ovuga developed a vibrant research ethics review system in Uganda and he served as the Founding Chair of the Forum of Institutional Review Committees in Uganda (FICU), and subsequently known as Forum of Research Ethics Committees in Uganda (FRECU). In his retirement, Dr Ovuga now serves as the Founding Chief Executive Officer of an agricultural research company, Bomvitae Agro Industries Limited (BAIL). In his spare time Dr. Ovuga serves as review editor of two journals, and reviewer for several other journals.

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