Chronicity of symptoms in combat veterans with PTSD treated by the VA mental health system.

B. C. Frueh, R. F. Mirabella, K. Chobot, M. D. Fossey

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Abstract

Self-report questionnaire data, collected at two stages of treatment, are presented for a group of 40 combat veterans with PTSD treated within the VA mental health system. Patients completed the Beck Depression Inventory, Mississippi Scale, and Dissociative Experiences Scale prior to treatment at a PTSD outpatient clinic and at midtreatment follow-up. Patients' symptom reports at follow-up were not correlated with length of time in treatment. Further, results suggest that patients' self-reported symptoms on these measures do not show evidence of improvement after entry into the VA mental health system. Explanations for this apparent chronicity of symptoms are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)843-848
Number of pages6
JournalPsychological reports
Volume75
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1994

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  • Psychology(all)

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