Thursday, 7 January 2021

Assessment of Risk Factors in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

A 37-year-old woman, who is an intelligent computer programmer, presented with insomnia, restlessness, and anxiety. On detailed assessment, she reveals that the symptoms started after some thieves robbed their house 3 months ago. In the incident, they had killed one of her sons. She also experiences intense imagery related to the event and often wakes up after experiencing a nightmare. The woman feels uncomfortable talking about the event and requests not to talk about it. She had experienced another such incident when she was a child. She also received treatment for depression three years ago. Personality assessment revealed neurotic traits. No one else in the family developed such symptoms, even though all of them experienced the event. 

Identify poor and good prognostic factors in this case. 

Choose one factor in this patient which may NOT have contributed to her predisposition for PTSD. 

a)       Her gender
b)      Her past psychiatric history
c)       Her personality traits
d)      Her IQ
e)       Her exposure to such an event in the past.

To find the answer, search for QID:919472837474

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