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Psychiatric Responses to Trauma
James R. Rundell; Robert J. Ursano; Harry C. Holloway; Edward K. Silberman
Psychiatric Services 1989; doi:
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Department of Psychiatry, The F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Department the Medical College of Pennsylvania Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute

1989 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Controlled studies examining the relationship between psychiatric disorders and war and other traumatic events are reviewed. Several studies have found a correlation between the severity of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and the degree of trauma. Other disorders associated with trauma include depression, substance abuse disorders, adjustment disorders, psychosomatic disorders, and antisocial bebavior. No relationship has been found between trauma and subsequent violent behavior. The authors identify areas for further research, including examination of why the majority of persons exposed to trauma do not develop psychiatric illness.

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