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Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2001 Jul;71(3):368-73.

Posttraumatic stress symptoms following near-death experiences.

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Department of Psychiatric Medicine, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville 22908-0152, USA.


Persons who report "near-death experiences" (NDEs) acknowledge more intrusive symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than those who came close to death without NDEs, but not more avoidance symptoms, suggesting a nonspecific stress response. Although dissociation generally increases vulnerability to PTSD, the positive affect that distinguishes NDEs from other dissociative experiences may mitigate subsequent PTSD symptoms.

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