Comparison of Comorbid Physical Illnesses among Veterans with PTSD and Veterans with Alcohol Dependence

Daniella David, Claudia Woodward, Jose Esquenazi, Thomas A. Mellman

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Abstract

Posttraumatic stress order (PTSD) is associated with high rates of medical service use and with self-reported poor health. Male veterans admitted to a rehabilitation unit for PTSD (N=55) or alcohol dependence (N=38) were evaluated for comorbid psychiatric and medical conditions and health risk factors. Patients with PTSD were more likely to have osteoarthritis, diabetes, heart disease, comorbid depression, obesity, and elevated lipid levels. These findings suggest that there may be a relationship between specific medical conditions, possibly mediated by behavioral risk factors, among the aging population of veterans with PTSD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-85
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatric Services
Volume55
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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