In “The PTSD Crisis That’s Being Ignored” (2014), Louis Beckett surveys efforts of and challenges confronted by private healthcare professionals, hospital administrators, and federal and state officials across the United States in the attempt to effectively diagnose and treat PTSD (and other trauma-related disorders) in urban areas such as Baltimore, Chicago, and Los Angeles, as well as exploring the economic and social implications of the conditions’ heightened morbidity in these locations. Through interviews with behavioral scientists, trauma surgeons, medical researchers, and social workers, and by examination and reference to published academic research, Beckett characterizes the challenge of raising awareness to and treating civilian PTSD through several unique viewpoints. According to Beckett, the data and testimonies examined, present the clear picture that, across the nation, physicians and hospitals lack the proper administrative structure, federal directive, and financial resources to address PTSD holistically in urban communities, but that recent research has refined professionals awareness as to the demographics of the condition, and the time scale of development of its first symptoms, suggesting new best practices for identification; furthermore, examples of successfully implemented, novel procedures identification are provided. In general, a detailed, yet succinct, and accessible survey of the contemporary challenges of healthcare professionals across the country face in the attempt to diagnose and treat a specific mental disorder is presented, as well as specific examples of new best practices, and hopeful developments, in urban areas.

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