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Curr Med Res Opin. 2004 Jan;20(1):101-5.

Post-traumatic stress disorder in UK police officers.

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University of Liverpool Department of Psychiatry, and Cheadle Royal Hospital, 100 Wilmslow Road, Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 3DG, UK.


Prevalence rates for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in police officers may be six or more times the prevalence rates for the community. Once established, is PTSD in police officers more severe than PTSD in civilians? This small study looks at the symptom frequencies in established cases of PTSD in 31 police officers and 72 civilians and compares the two. No significant differences were found, although there was a tendency for higher use of alcohol and to try not to think about the trauma. Police officers had more experiences of reliving the trauma or acting as if the trauma were recurring but, again, not to a significant degree.

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