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Research Letter
May 10, 2017

Understanding the Emergence of Chronic Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Through Acute Stress Symptom Networks

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Experimental Psychopathology and Psychotherapy, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Cambridge
  • 3Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University, Oxford, England
JAMA Psychiatry. Published online May 10, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.0788

To accelerate recovery after traumatic events and prevent posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it is critical to understand the dynamic interplay of acute stress symptoms and how they develop over time into chronic PTSD. Bryant et al1 examined relationships among PTSD symptoms during the acute posttrauma period using network analyses. They concluded that symptoms highly central to the acute symptom network, such as intrusive trauma memories, may be especially important to the development of chronic PTSD.

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