Author Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.
The reports on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in this issue of
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
Davidson JRT. Recognition and Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. JAMA. 2001;286(5):584–588. doi:10.1001/jama.286.5.584
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