The validity of the diagnosis posttraumatic stress disorder (ptsd) has been the focus of much controversy. This involves concerns about its symptom overlap with other anxiety disorders and the nature of the traumatic event as etiological factor. The ptsd symptom scale (pss) is an instrument that may be used to assess the severity of ptsd symptoms and to screen for ptsd. The aim of this study was to investigate the specificity of ptsd symptoms in a sample of 65 ptsd patients, 40 other anxiety patients, and 40 healthy controls with the pss. Consistent with expectations, the majority of ptsd patients (86%), and a minority of the healthy controls (5%) scored high on the pss. However, 43% of the other anxiety patients also scored high on the scale. This is discussed in light of the ptsd concept itself.
|Journal||Dth : kwartaalschrift voor directieve therapie en hypnose|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2006|