January 21, 2008

Monday, January 21, 2008
Feeling like you’re in a state of persistent unhappiness brought on by a recent string of negative life events? You could be suffering from a new reactive disorder called Post Traumatic Disorder (PTED); a disorder that has been introduced as a subtype of adjustment disorders.

Conceptually, this disorder is similar to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) however; the symptoms are not caused by severely traumatic life events. The manifestation of this disorder is through prolonged embitterment, severe psychopathological symptoms and great impairment in most areas of life in reaction to a severe negative, but non-threatening life event. PTED is characterized by experiences of injustice, violation of basic beliefs, embitterment and intrusions. Most often this disorder is due to situations that force people to cope with major life changes, such as death, loss of employment, sickness etc.

The symptoms of PTED can be very severe, chronic, life-threatening, and hard to treat. It seems that this disorder may be gaining in popularity with our increasingly stressed out society. For more info on current research check out: Posttraumatic Embitterment Disorder in Comparison to Other Mental Disorders by Michael Linden, Kai Baumann, Max Rotter, Barbara Schippan.

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3 comments:

Kimba The White Lioness said...

What a great post! I have never heard of this before, and found it highly interesting. Although you mention it's a subcategory of adjustment disorders, I wonder if it could be (mis)diagnosed as a depression in some?? Or if categorically it IS similar?? I plan to read your suggested info. Thanks for passing it along.

meg said...

The problem with clinical diagnosis is that it leaves a lot of room for misdiagnosis, so you're probably right in thinking that it may often be misdiagnosed due to similarities with other disorders.

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