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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders - Current Advances

Emilio Ovuga

Gulu University


traumatic stress psychological consequences uncommon mental disorders therapies uncommon mental disorders traumatic events domestic life culture post-traumatic stress disorders etiologies therapies genes environment post-traumatic stress social culture therapies

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The concept, theories and therapies for psychological injury following exposure to natural or man-made life-threatening events have evolved since the Second World War. Ever since then, the harmful effects of exposure to traumatic events occurring both in combat and in civilian environments have been recognized. Scientific literature is now rife with reports of the life-threatening exposures to events that occur even in domestic life, in refugees and in displaced persons' camps. Exposure to man-made traumas in the course of organized small-scale and large-scale community violence, or within the confines of the homes, affect an unknown number of individuals - mainly women and children. The apparent oath of secrecy that surrounds the experience of home-based traumatic events deters, efforts to determine the exact prevalence of exposure to life-threatening events in family environments. In order to curb the escalation of the occurrence of exposure to humans in civilian life outside family atmosphere, the international community has instituted measures to hold war lords and errand state leaders accountable for causing immeasurable suffering to others. Despite the current level of knowledge that has accrued over the last year or two, much remains largely unknown. The underlying genetic-social-biochemical basis of the mechanisms that lead to harmful psychological and mental disorders is beginning to be expounded. The question of holding those responsible for causing human suffering to others is being debated, though the debate environment is sharply polarized between retribution and restoration camps. In so doing the scientific world does not seem to fully understand the cultural contexts within which man-made psychological traumas occur within state borders.

Furthermore, some of those who get passively caught up in the implementation of heinous acts of terror under duress are made to suffer the double tragedy of personal exposure to trauma and being blamed and held accountable for their activities. Lastly, the scientific basis for providing psychological help or medication for the victims and perpetrators of exposure to various forms of trauma is far from being standardized.

The aim of this book, "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders - Current Advances", is to provide the current state of knowledge on the etiology, psychological consequences, uncommon mental disorders, and evidence based therapies, cultural perspectives, and forensic aspects of involvement in inflicting harm to other people.

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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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