Lifetime psychiatric comorbidity rate in Israeli non-help-seeking patients with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder

Baruch Spivak, Michael Segal, Neil Laufer, Roberto Mester, Abraham Weizman

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Abstract

Background: Most of the data on lifetime psychiatric comorbidity in combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (CR-PTSD) were collected in help-seeking patients. Methods: In the present study we used the Schedule for Affective Disorder and Schizophrenia-Lifetime Version to examine a relatively large sample (n=80) of Israeli non-help-seeking CR-PTSD patients. The diagnosis of PTSD was based on the DSM-III-R criteria. Results: We found a low rate of lifetime psychiatric comorbidity, especially drug dependence (2.25%), alcoholism (2.25%) and major depressive disorders (5%). Conclusion: It seems that in contrast to help-seeking CR-PTSD, non-help-seeking CR-PTSD is associated with a low frequency of comorbid psychiatric disorders. Limitation: Only non-help seeking CR-PTSD patients who agreed to participate in the study were included in this investigation. Clinical relevance: The detection and diagnosis of CR-PTSD comorbidity is important for establishing appropriate psychotherapeutic and pharmacological treatment. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-188
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
Volume57
Issue number1-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2000

Keywords

  • Alcoholism
  • Combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression
  • Drug dependence

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