Introduction to the Special Issue on Psychopathological Posttraumatic Reactions


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Research over the past 30 years has changed the landscape of trauma and general stress studies, leading to the new conceptual and clinical questions regarding the nature of psychopathological reactions to trauma. In this introduction to this special issue, we review several well-documented scientific findings that continue to surprise laypeople and mental health experts alike. The articles in this special issue will further our understanding of modern psychological responses to adversity.