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Experience and Training
let's look at the role that prior experience and training make in a predisposition
to PTSD resulting from terrorist attacks. Two factors that affect the individualized
response to the stressor of terrorism: first, life experiences before the incident,
and second, the behavioral response repertoire that the victim brings to it. As
I am outlining these, think about clients you are treating or have treated and
ask yourself if any fit into these categories.
#1 - Life Experiences Before the Incident
For example, one contributor to the relatively low level of psychopathology manifested by the American hostages in Iran was their prior experiences and training in the foreign service and military fields. Ask yourself, are any of your current clients military or diplomatic personnel with training regarding terrorism?
#2 - Personality Type
As you know, the DSM defines the Schizoid Personality Disordered patient as being indifferent to the society of other people, sometimes profoundly so. Typically, the Schizoid Personality Disordered patient is a lifelong loner who shows a restricted emotional range; he or she appears unsociable, cold and seclusive. Thus, your clients' prior training and personality type may determine greatly the meaning of the stress of the experience for them. Ask yourself, which one of my current or past clients would fare best in a hostile or hijack situation?
QUESTION 3: What are three assumptions about ourselves that we as a nation have been forced to reconsider? To select and enter your answer go to Answer Booklet.
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