Persistent post-traumatic stress disorder

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6966.1439c (Published 26 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1439
  1. Cameron Stark,
  2. Jenifer Lee,
  3. Erica Robb,
  4. Brian Kidd
  1. Senior registrar in public health medicine, Research assistant Argyll and Clyde Health Board, Paisley PA2 7BN. Head, Tayside Area Clinical Psychology Offender Services, Psychology Unit, HM Prison Perth, Perth PH2 8AT. Senior registrar in psychiatry, Edith Morgan Centre, Torbay.

    EDITOR,—Brigitta Bende and Robin M Philpott report on a patient with post-traumatic symptoms 50 years after the precipitating events who improved after appropriate treatment.1 The NHS could do a great deal to treat post-traumatic symptoms in its own workers and so ensure that as few as possible develop similar syndromes.

    One study found that up to 61% of clinical staff who report assaults by patients experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, and 10% meet the criteria for …

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