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Australas Psychiatry. 2007 Feb;15(1):44-8.

Hallucinations in adolescents with post-traumatic stress disorder and psychotic disorder.

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  • 1Kids in Mind Inpatient Unit, Mater Children's Hospital, South Brisbane, Qld 4101, Australia. James.Scott@mater.org.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of the study was to compare the phenomenology of hallucinations in hospitalized adolescents diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and psychotic disorder.

METHODS:

Diagnoses were ascertained in 66 adolescents consecutively admitted to an acute adolescent unit in Australia. Hallucinations were examined to compare their phenomenology in PTSD with psychotic disorder.

RESULTS:

On most measures, hallucinations did not differ significantly in form or content between those adolescents with PTSD and those with psychotic disorder. In a minority of patients with PTSD, the hallucinations reflected a previous traumatic experience.

CONCLUSIONS:

Hallucinations were found to be unreliable in distinguishing adolescent inpatients with PTSD from those with psychotic disorder.

PMID:
17464634
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