Understanding the damage caused by certain symptoms may help us improve the quality of life for patients with PTSD.
Lori Zoellner PhD, Director of the University of Washington’s Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress, published a study in the Journal of Psychiatric Services.
By interviewing 184 people seeking treatment for PTSD, she found specific symptoms that influence quality of life.
For example, symptoms like heightened arousal, irritability, trouble sleeping and anxiety were found to have a correlation with quality of life.
Whereas, according to the authors, dysfunctional behaviors or avoidance of certain thoughts and activities do not directly influence quality of life. In essence they are coping strategies.
I wish we knew more. As is so often true, more research needs to be done.
Zoellner’s research however did go further, trying to identify what patients were looking for in treatment.
Her interviews suggested that patients with PTSD, on average, would give up to 13 years of their lives to live unburdened by the symptoms of the disorder.
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Which symptoms of PTSD have you found to cause the most damage with your patients? Please share your thoughts below.