Post traumatic stress disorder: an evolutionary perspective


Dr Chris Cantor - author of 'Evolution and Posttraumatic Stress: Disorders of Vigilance and Defence' in conversation with Raj Persaud.


Date published: 19 December 2013

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Dr Chris Cantor

Audio running time: 11 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • how post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) responses are representative of evolutionary mechanisms for survival


  • the psychological impact of PTSD on people in the light of evolutionary theory


  • the evolutionary underpinnings of PTSD and how they might assist treatment


  • why patients respond to trauma in ways that don't immediately make sense


  • the particular implications of safety seeking, in terms of graded exposure.


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Please note: This podcast was recorded in 2013. Please be aware that some of the material covered and/or guidance may have changed.
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