Posttraumatic stress disorder in medically ill patients: what is known, what needs to be determined, and why is it important?

TitlePosttraumatic stress disorder in medically ill patients: what is known, what needs to be determined, and why is it important?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsShemesh, E, Stuber ML
JournalCNS spectrums
Volume11
Issue2
Pagination106-17
Date Published2006 Feb
ISSN1092-8529
KeywordsChronic Disease, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Female, Health Services Needs and Demand, Health Status, Humans, Male, Mental Health Services, Social Support, Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Abstract

Can a medical illness or its treatment qualify as an emotionally traumatic event and can it cause posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms? If so, can the view of a medical illness as a traumatic experience enhance our ability to understand patients' adjustment to illness and their emotional reactions to it? Is it important to identify posttraumatic symptoms and try to address them in medically ill patients? These questions form the backbone for this review. Because many questions remain unanswered (or the answers are not definitive yet), we concisely summarize the issues and present our own view of the most pressing questions for further research.

DOI10.1111/j.1469-8986.2012.01383.x
Alternate JournalCNS Spectr