Monday, April 14, 2008

Post-Psychotic PTSD

I just found an interesting article here. I can't read the full text, but here's the abstract:

"This paper examines the aetiology of postpsychotic posttraumatic stress disorder (PP/PTSD) symptoms in a sample of participants who had been hospitalized following a psychotic episode. Forty two people hospitalized for a psychotic illness were interviewed during recovery to investigate whether a psychotic episode was associated with PTSD symptomatology. All participants found psychosis and hospitalization highly distressing. PP/PTSD symptoms were not associated with demographic factors, previous trauma, treatment, or insight. The PP/PTSD group reported more distress and intrusive memories associated with illness and treatment experiences and had higher scores for anxiety and dissociative symptoms. The development of PP/PTSD phenomenology was associated with the psychological distress of the experience."

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Blogger Andrea said...

Ettina,

Is there a way I can reach you by email? I'm taking a university class this semester which gives me access to my university's on-line library. I looked up the article you link to here and was able to get a PDF format file of the full article and can email it to you.

Andrea Shettle, MSW
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I haven't read the article, but just from the abstract, I have to wonder how careful the researchers were to distinguish between the effects of the psychotic episode itself versus the effects of hospitalization, which can in and of itself be stressful and even traumatizing for some people (for example, Amanda Baggs). Might have been more useful if they could have compared with a group of people who were hospitalized for non-psychotic situations (for example, people hospitalized because of suicidal ideation and depression but without signs of psychosis), or maybe even with a group of people who have experienced psychosis but without hospitalization. Wish I had time to read it myself.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Ettina said...

As I state in my post regarding the blog carnival being here, my e-mail is abnormaldiversity@yahoo.com

5:06 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Have now emailed you the article

Andrea Shettle, MSW

5:22 PM  
Blogger Lethal said...

Who wouldn't have PTSD after a psychotic episode, esp. given the way such is treated? I agree with Andrea's skepticism regarding the differentiation betw. the trauma of the episode itself and the (likely worse) trauma of hospitalization.

11:37 PM  
Blogger Athena Ivan said...

hey there Ettina.........

we're still working on our submission for the dbc.........about abuse........

we've tagged you for a blog meme.........

here's the link to our responses....

http://athenivanidx.wordpress.com/2008/04/20/five-things-meme

enjoy!

Athena of athenivanidx

9:50 PM  
Blogger Athena Ivan said...

crud........the link didn't post properly..........come visit our blog for it, we don't know how to post links in html format.........

9:51 PM  
Blogger Athena Ivan said...

hey there Ettina.........

we're still working on our submission for the dbc.........about abuse........

we've tagged you for a blog meme.........

here's the link to our responses....

http://athenivanidx.wordpress.com/2008/04/20/five-things-meme

enjoy!

Athena of athenivanidx

9:52 PM  

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