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Numbing symptoms as predictors of unremitting posttraumatic stress disorder.
J Anxiety Disord. 2009 Mar; 23(2):223-9.JA

Abstract

This prospective longitudinal study examined the ability of re-experiencing, avoidance, numbing, and hyperarousal symptoms to predict persistence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in disaster workers followed for 2 years. Cluster analyses suggested that overall severity was the best predictor of PTSD at follow up, but for groups with PTSD of moderate severity, numbing symptoms were also associated with PTSD at the 2-year follow up. Regression analyses with all four symptom groups as independent variables found that only numbing and re-experiencing symptoms predicted PTSD at the 1 year follow up, and only numbing symptoms predicted PTSD at the 2-year follow up. Findings suggest that numbing symptom severity could be used as a risk index of very chronic PTSD, especially when the overall PTSD severity falls in the moderate range.

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Weill Medical College of Cornell Department of Psychiatry, New York, NY 10065, United States. lsm2002@med.cornell.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18755571

Citation

Malta, Loretta S., et al. "Numbing Symptoms as Predictors of Unremitting Posttraumatic Stress Disorder." Journal of Anxiety Disorders, vol. 23, no. 2, 2009, pp. 223-9.
Malta LS, Wyka KE, Giosan C, et al. Numbing symptoms as predictors of unremitting posttraumatic stress disorder. J Anxiety Disord. 2009;23(2):223-9.
Malta, L. S., Wyka, K. E., Giosan, C., Jayasinghe, N., & Difede, J. (2009). Numbing symptoms as predictors of unremitting posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23(2), 223-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2008.07.004
Malta LS, et al. Numbing Symptoms as Predictors of Unremitting Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. J Anxiety Disord. 2009;23(2):223-9. PubMed PMID: 18755571.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Numbing symptoms as predictors of unremitting posttraumatic stress disorder. AU - Malta,Loretta S, AU - Wyka,Katarzyna E, AU - Giosan,Cezar, AU - Jayasinghe,Nimali, AU - Difede,JoAnn, Y1 - 2008/07/22/ PY - 2008/03/03/received PY - 2008/07/09/revised PY - 2008/07/11/accepted PY - 2008/8/30/pubmed PY - 2009/8/7/medline PY - 2008/8/30/entrez SP - 223 EP - 9 JF - Journal of anxiety disorders JO - J Anxiety Disord VL - 23 IS - 2 N2 - This prospective longitudinal study examined the ability of re-experiencing, avoidance, numbing, and hyperarousal symptoms to predict persistence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in disaster workers followed for 2 years. Cluster analyses suggested that overall severity was the best predictor of PTSD at follow up, but for groups with PTSD of moderate severity, numbing symptoms were also associated with PTSD at the 2-year follow up. Regression analyses with all four symptom groups as independent variables found that only numbing and re-experiencing symptoms predicted PTSD at the 1 year follow up, and only numbing symptoms predicted PTSD at the 2-year follow up. Findings suggest that numbing symptom severity could be used as a risk index of very chronic PTSD, especially when the overall PTSD severity falls in the moderate range. SN - 1873-7897 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18755571/Numbing_symptoms_as_predictors_of_unremitting_posttraumatic_stress_disorder_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0887-6185(08)00138-2 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -