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Can J Psychiatry. 1997 Aug;42(6):611-6.

Posttraumatic stress symptoms and medical procedures in children.

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Cognitive Psychophysiology and Neuropsychiatry Laboratory, Hôpital Sainte-Justine and Université de Montréal, Quebec.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To focus on posttraumatic stress symptoms after childhood diseases such as cancer, organ transplantation, and severe burns.

METHODS:

Differential diagnoses, risk factors, and treatment aspects (psychological and pharmacological) are discussed.

RESULTS:

The concept of adjustment problems in chronic or severe illnesses is widely used in pediatrics. Many aspects of severe childhood diseases are traumatic, as defined by the DSM-IV: severe illnesses are life-threatening, medical procedures threaten the child's physical integrity, and disorganized behaviour periods are common.

CONCLUSION:

This concept, which remains insufficiently investigated, is a promising area of investigation for prospective and prevention studies.

PMID:
9288423
DOI:
10.1177/070674379704200607
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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