Subthreshold posttraumatic stress disorder in the world health organization world mental health surveys

Giovanni De Girolamo, Katie A. Mclaughlin, Karestan C. Koenen, Matthew J. Friedman, Ayelet Meron Ruscio, Elie G. Karam, Victoria Shahly, Dan J. Stein, Eric D. Hill, Maria Petukhova, Jordi Alonso, Laura Helena Andrade, Matthias C. Angermeyer, Guilherme Borges, Ron De Graaf, Koen Demyttenaere, Silvia E. Florescu, Maya Mladenova, Jose Posada-Villa, Kate M. ScottTadashi Takeshima, Ronald C. Kessler

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Abstract

Although only a few people exposed to a traumatic event (TE) develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), symptoms that do not meet full PTSD criteria are common and often clinically significant. Individuals with these symptoms sometimes have been characterized as having subthreshold PTSD, but no consensus exists on the optimal definition of this term. Data from a large cross-national epidemiologic survey are used in this study to provide a principled basis for such a definition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-384
Number of pages10
JournalBiological Psychiatry
Volume77
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Epidemiology
  • Nosology
  • PTSD
  • Partial PTSD
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Subthreshold PTSD

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