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Presse Med. 2008 May;37(5 Pt 2):894-901. doi: 10.1016/j.lpm.2008.01.018. Epub 2008 Mar 19.

[When should psychological trauma be treated?].

[Article in French]

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  • 1Pôle de Psychiatrie & Pôle des urgences, CHU de Lille, Hôpital Michel Fontan, F-59037 Lille, France. gvaiva@chru-lille.fr


Early assessment is essential for subjects exposed to a potentially traumatic event. Symptoms of peritraumatic distress are often predictive of later posttraumatic stress disorders and should be treated promptly. Posttraumatic stress disorders should be treated rapidly, before they become chronic. It is also necessary to consider the frequent comorbidities: psychosomatic features, addictive disorders, and especially posttraumatic depression. Attempted suicide is 15 times more common in people with psychological trauma than in the general population. Posttraumatic stress disorders that have lasted several years become resistant to treatment (pharmacological and psychotherapeutic).

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