Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Neurotransmitter Dysregulation and Reset Degradation Theory

By Brock Kilbourne and Samantha Kilbourne.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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A growing body of research and treatment indicates the
importance of neurobiological processes to understanding
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Yet there is a
surprising absence of an integrative neurobiological theory
to account for these findings. Neurotransmitter Reset
Degradation Theory (NRDT) is proffered as an integrative,
heuristic, and parsimonious theory to explicate disparate
neurobiological, psychosocial, and cultural findings in the
PTSD literature. An examination of five key areas of
contemporary PTSD research and practice show that NRDT can
explain what we currently know about PTSD as well as advance
our understanding of the onset, experience, and progression
of PTSD. NRDT redirects researchers and clinicians away from
post-trauma treatment and toward a closer examination of
what occurs in the individual during a traumatic
life-threatening event. Implications for prevention, early
detection, and treatment are discussed.

Keywords: PTSD, Neurobiology, Neurotransmitters, Trauma

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 11, pp.139-152. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 633.226KB).

Dr. Brock Kilbourne

Licensed Psychologist, Director, Psychology, El Camino Psychology Services, Oceanside, CA, USA

Brock Kilbourne, Ph.D. received his doctorate from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1983. He completed two postdoctoral fellowships (NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Heidelburg, and NRC National Academy of Science, Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, CA.). Dr. Kilbourne was licensed to practice psychology in 1988 (CA. Lic.# PSY10467). He worked for 14 years as a clinic supervisor (administrator-practitioner)with the Department of Behavioral Health, San Bernardino County, CA., USA while maintaining a part time private practice. Dr. Kilbourne is currently in full time private practice in Oceanside, CA and he works with civilian and military clients. Dr. Kilbourne has over twenty years of clinical experience working with chronic psychiatric populations.

Dr. Samantha Kilbourne

Doctoral Program Forensic Psychology, Alliant International University, San Diego, CA, USA


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