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Regarding the Relevance of Posttraumatic Stress Disorders in Family Practice

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2014.0123-0128

german translation / full article

Markus Herrmann, Olaf Reddemann, Verena Leve, Christiane Eichenberg

Keywords: Acute Stress Disorder Postraumatic Stress Disorder Family Medicine

Summary: From the early 1990s it has become more accepted in Germany, that traumatic experiences play a very important role in the genesis of psychological, psychiatric and somatic disorders. But neither the important role of family physicians nor the specific mode of operation in primary care are taken into account adequately. Acute stress disorders (ASD) as well as posttraumatic stress disorders (PTSD) and complex posttraumatic stress disorders (cPTSD) are of relevance in the familiy practitioner’s every day practice. This article offers an insight in elementary psychotraumatic terms and concepts. The authors try to clear up on the prevalence of psychotraumatic matters in family practice and to outline the clinical signs. Data seem to indicate, that the development of adequate concepts for the management of ASD, PTSD and cPTSD in primary care is necessary to optimize care for patients and produce relief in family practitioners’ daily routine.


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