HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Depression, trauma stress linked to physical complaints

Trauma victims who showed immediate signs of both depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are more likely to have psychosomatic ailments a year later, according to a new study.

The combination of both afflictions increases the incidence of somatic complaints, although this is not the case for either condition standing alone, say Douglas F. Zatzick, M.D., and colleagues from the University of Washington School of Medicine. Psychosomatic symptoms are physical complaints that cannot be medically explained.

The research findings appear in the November-December issue of the journal Psychosomatics.

Each year, about 2.6 million Americans require hospitalization after suffering traumatic physical injuries. Between 10 percent and 40 percent experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the year following injury, says Zatzick.

Zatzick and colleagues interviewed 73 randomly selected patients who agreed to be tested. The patients were hospitalized after emergency trauma surgery for intentional and unintentional injuries. Researchers tested them for physical symptoms, post-traumatic stress symptoms and depressive symptoms.

They also recorded the severity of injuries, the part of the body injured and other medical conditions that might have affected recovery.

While in the surgical ward, 31 percent of the patients scored high enough for a PTSD diagnosis and 42 percent had high depressive scores. A year later, those patients who had both higher depression and higher PTSD reported significantly higher levels of physical distress that could not be attributed to medical conditions. Women were also more likely than men to report such symptoms.

These patients also had used the health care system heavily in the subsequent 12 months but less often for their psychological well-being.

Knowing which patients had symptoms of PTSD and depression in the inpatient surgical unit and other acute care settings such as
'"/>

Contact: Douglas F. Zatzick, M.D.
dzatzick@u.Washington.edu
206-341-4209
Center for the Advancement of Health
1-Nov-2003


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Depression, other psychiatric illnesses common following traumatic brain injury
2. Depression, anxiety and stress can hinder diabetics ability to control blood sugar
3. Magnet Therapy Eases Severe Depression, Double Blind Study Shows
4. Teen tooth trauma prevalent in Ontario
5. Violence exposure and traumatic stress reactions can lead to poor health in children
6. Steroids increase death risk from traumatic head injury
7. Patients with abdominal trauma at risk for intra-abdominal infections following surgery
8. Cumulative trauma in adulthood can worsen health in later years
9. Job-stressed women more vulnerable than men to 9/11 trauma
10. Elevated rates of trauma may put urban American Indian women at increased risk for contracting HIV
11. Plain film X-rays may not be necessary in some children with non-traumatic stomach pain

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:1/24/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... January 24, 2020 , ... The new ... days was quickly spread also to impact Thailand, Japan, and South Korea. The virus ... come in contact with live animals that were infected. , EPA has confirmed ...
(Date:1/23/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... January 23, 2020 , ... ... in medical and scientific training, biomedical research, and patient care—today announced the recipients ... Office of Gender Equity in Science and Medicine. The awards aim to mitigate ...
(Date:1/23/2020)... , ... January 23, 2020 , ... Worldwide Business ... Organics Brand Director, Michelle Berger and Vice President of Dairy and Frozen, Jimmy ... Organics is a company that creates organic food and snack options at an affordable ...
(Date:1/23/2020)... ... January 23, 2020 , ... ... memory impairment, has announced the Best Memory Care Facilities in Santa Rosa, California. ... facility features and amenities. , According to the Alzheimer’s Association , ...
(Date:1/23/2020)... , ... January 23, 2020 , ... Park Avenue based ... website jschildhorn.com. Dr. Schildhorn is excited to bring this new digital portal for patient ... Duke and attended medical school at Temple University. With over 12 years of hands-on ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/28/2020)... ... January 28, 2020 , ... With camaraderie and community ... men overcome addiction. , As a luxury drug and alcohol rehab center, it offers ... case manager to adventure therapy sessions and psychoeducational groups, Calusa is treating the entire ...
(Date:1/28/2020)... ... ... Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA, a principal with Rachel V. Rose Attorney at ... 3rd Annual Healthcare Compliance Symposium co-hosted by Delaware Law School and First Healthcare ... of healthcare, securities and international law and business throughout her career. Her practice ...
(Date:1/28/2020)... , ... January 28, 2020 , ... Advanced foot ... and ankle wound care for over 20+ years in Livingston County. This medical ... foot and ankle ulcer or wound needs. , Many people are not aware that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: