Author(s): Escalona R, Achilles G, Waitzkin H, Yager J
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Abstract The authors examined the association between trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and somatization in 264 women attending a Department of Veterans Affairs primary care clinic. Using a structured computerized interview (Composite International Diagnostic Interview), they found that traumatic events were reported by 81\% of the women. The lifetime prevalence of PTSD was 27\%; for somatization it was 19\%. PTSD was the best predictor of somatization after control for demographic variables, veteran status, and other mood and anxiety disorders. Psychological numbing symptoms of PTSD emerged as a particularly strong predictor of somatization. The link between PTSD and somatization deserves further study.
This article was published in Psychosomatics
and referenced in Journal of Depression and Anxiety