This article traces the historical views that led to development of current scientific perspectives of the diagnostical concept post-traumatic stress disorder. Examples of the catastrophic precipitants of post-traumatic stress disorder, such as war, natural and man-made disasters, and rape are presented, and a description of the current clinical perspective is provided. Because post-traumatic stress disorder often involves all aspects of a person's life, the use of multimodal therapy soon after the trauma is experienced is recommended to prevent the symptoms from occurring.
"Toward an Understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders: An Historical and Contemporary Perspective,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 11
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol11/iss4/3