Early psychosocial intervention following traumatic events

Jonathan I. Bisson, Mark Brayne, Frank M. Ochberg, George S. Everly

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Abstract

Bill, a 35-year-old journalist working for a local radio station, was sent to report from the scene of a bomb attack that resulted in several fatalities. What he witnessed at the scene distressed him greatly. Immediately afterward, he began repeatedly to reexperience what had happened, leading him to avoid either discussing or thinking about it. He continued to work, but he lost interest in things around him. He became withdrawn, irritable, and hypervigilant. These symptoms rapidly diminished over the first few weeks, but then 1 month after the attack they began to increase again for no apparent reason. What is the differential diagnosis? How should Bill's symptoms be managed?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1016-1019
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Volume164
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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