Prospective and Retrospective Life-Charting in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (The PTSD-LCM): A Pilot Study

Elizabeth A. Osuch, Melissa A. Brotman, Daniel Podell, Marilla Geraci, P. Lynn Touzeau, Gabriele S. Leverich, Una D. McCann, Robert M. Post

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to design and conduct a pilot analysis evaluating the utility of a longitudinal, graphic approach to the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Representative patients were instructed in the use of a daily prospective life-chart; they were interviewed and their past medical records were examined for monthly retrospective life-charting. The life charts were used to record life events, activating and inhibiting PTSD symptoms, comorbid symptoms, and treatment. Patients readily completed the prospective life-chart and retrospectively rated symptoms associated with traumatic and nontraumatic life events. Life-charting facilitated longitudinal depiction of the relationship of life experiences to PTSD symptoms and comorbidities, and the tracking of responses to medications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-239
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of traumatic stress
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Life-chart
  • Longitudinal symptoms
  • PTSD
  • Prospective
  • Retrospective

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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