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Medical News & Perspectives
November 10, 1999

Primary Care Physicians and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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JAMA. 1999;282(18):1710-1711. doi:10.1001/jama.282.18.1710-JMN1110-2-1

Orlando, Fla—The world as we approach the millennium is full of horrific events, in addition to warfare, that can lead to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Survivors of natural disasters and life-threatening violence, including recent attacks at schools, religious centers, and other venues not normally associated with bloodshed in the United States, may develop PTSD, particularly if they do not receive immediate mental health care to cope with the potentially overwhelming emotional trauma they have experienced.