Researchers found a high number of traumatic experiences in these psychiatric patients, and 15.1 percent of the patients met all PTSD diagnosis criteria. Among patients with a serious mental illness and PTSD, 64.3 percent had made some attempt at suicide at some point in life, compared with 37.4 percent of patients without PTSD.
The study, “Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Comorbidity and Clinical Implications in Patients With Severe Mental Illness,” is online here. For much more information about PTSD see Psychiatric News, here and here.
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Friday, July 27, 2012
Trauma, PTSD Common in Patients With Severe Mental Disorders
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