Case reports. Can schizophrenia cause posttraumatic stress disorder?

A. Shaner, S. Eth

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Theories about schizophrenia have viewed stress and anxiety as both predisposing factors and associated features of the disorder. But these theories ignore a possible fundamental interaction: Terrifying psychotic experiences might act as traumatic events and precipitate a posttraumatic stress syndrome. We present a case of schizophrenia complicated by posttraumatic stress disorder and discuss the implications of this comorbidity for the theory, research, and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)588-597
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychotherapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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