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

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Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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Osuch, E. A., Brotman, M. A., Podell, D., Geraci, M., Touzeau, P. L., Leverich, G. S., ... Post, R. M. (2001). Prospective and Retrospective Life-Charting in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (The PTSD-LCM): A Pilot Study. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 14(1), 229-239. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1007860204298

Prospective and Retrospective Life-Charting in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (The PTSD-LCM) : A Pilot Study. / Osuch, Elizabeth A.; Brotman, Melissa A.; Podell, Daniel; Geraci, Marilla; Touzeau, P. Lynn; Leverich, Gabriele S.; McCann, Una D; Post, Robert M.

In: Journal of Traumatic Stress, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2001, p. 229-239.

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Osuch, EA, Brotman, MA, Podell, D, Geraci, M, Touzeau, PL, Leverich, GS, McCann, UD & Post, RM 2001, 'Prospective and Retrospective Life-Charting in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (The PTSD-LCM): A Pilot Study', Journal of Traumatic Stress, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 229-239. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1007860204298
Osuch, Elizabeth A. ; Brotman, Melissa A. ; Podell, Daniel ; Geraci, Marilla ; Touzeau, P. Lynn ; Leverich, Gabriele S. ; McCann, Una D ; Post, Robert M. / Prospective and Retrospective Life-Charting in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (The PTSD-LCM) : A Pilot Study. In: Journal of Traumatic Stress. 2001 ; Vol. 14, No. 1. pp. 229-239.
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