Nonpathological response to ongoing traumatic stress. Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract 1. For individuals faced with ongoing traumatic stress, a range of adverse reactions are possible. Carrying over models from acute trauma, developed for soldiers suffering months and years after returning from combat, and for victims of rape and other community violence, most psychological literature emphasizes psychopathological syndromes, especially posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The implicit assumption is that reactions that entail significant suffering must be explained by a diagnosable disorder. Ironically …

publication date

  • May 1, 2013