Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Car crashes and PTSD

Car crashes are a leading source of illness and death among adults all over the world and they can also lead to a wide range of acute and chronic psychological problems with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) being the most common. A study of 60 car-crash victims in Israel found that half of them were suffering or had suffered from PTSD. 16 had improved but were still suffering from some symptoms while six had made a full recovery. Those people suffering from PTSD also suffered from social phobia and anxiety. The development of PTSD was not associated with socioeconomic status or with the severity of the car crash.

Kupchik, Marina ... [et al] - Demographic and clinical characteristics of motor vehicle accident victims in the community general health outpatient clinic : a comparison of PTSD and non-PTSD subjects Depression and Anxiety 24(4), 244-250

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