How to Include the Trauma History in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychiatric Inpatients

How to Include the Trauma History in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychiatric Inpatients Although the high prevalence of significant psychological trauma among populations of patients with serious and persistent mental illness is well-known, and is duly recorded in initial psychiatric histories, such trauma rarely is reflected in the primary (or secondary) diagnosis, and thus, rarely becomes the focus of treatment. There are many complex reasons why the traumatic etiology of many presenting symptoms goes unrecognized. Failure to recognize it leads to prolonged hospitalization and to exclusion from participation in PTSD treatments in community settings, where they are more readily available. The author suggests some practical, general systems changes which might lead to more effective treatment and earlier recovery for patients with trauma-related symptoms. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

How to Include the Trauma History in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychiatric Inpatients

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2002 by Human Sciences Press, Inc.
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Public Health; Sociology, general
ISSN
0033-2720
eISSN
1573-6709
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1015007828262
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Abstract

Although the high prevalence of significant psychological trauma among populations of patients with serious and persistent mental illness is well-known, and is duly recorded in initial psychiatric histories, such trauma rarely is reflected in the primary (or secondary) diagnosis, and thus, rarely becomes the focus of treatment. There are many complex reasons why the traumatic etiology of many presenting symptoms goes unrecognized. Failure to recognize it leads to prolonged hospitalization and to exclusion from participation in PTSD treatments in community settings, where they are more readily available. The author suggests some practical, general systems changes which might lead to more effective treatment and earlier recovery for patients with trauma-related symptoms.

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Psychiatric QuarterlySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 13, 2004

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