Recognition and Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

ArticleinJAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association 286(5):584-588 · August 2001with1 Read
Impact Factor: 35.29 · DOI: 10.1001/jama.286.5.584

    Abstract

    The reports on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in this issue of
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    draw attention to 3 important facts: PTSD is a worldwide problem, reaching
    alarming proportions in countries torn by violent conflict; it is associated
    with persistent disability and comorbidity for many people; and treatments
    can produce a meaningful reduction in distress. These studies, which tell
    clinicians not to forget about PTSD, provide the opportunity to focus on what
    is known about PTSD as a medical problem, and its presentation, recognition,
    and management. Perhaps the 3 main lessons to be learned are that PTSD often
    presents in medical disguise, it is largely unrecognized, and it can be treated
    successfully.