Understanding PTSD: The Impact of a Prevalent Mental Health Disorder

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Understanding PTSD: The Impact of a Prevalent Mental Health Disorder



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Tune in to hear some highlights and key facts on commonly held misperceptions about PTSD.

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    Over 80 percent of individuals with PTSD are in the general population rather than in the military population.1-3 And misconceptions, including that PTSD is exclusively associated with military veterans and violence, can lead to stigmatization of patients by their families and community.4,5 To learn more about these common misperceptions, join Dr. John Krystal, Chair of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine.


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    2. United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights.; 2019. Accessed September 6, 2023.
    3. Kessler RC, Chiu WT, Demler O, Walters EE. Prevalence, Severity, and Comorbidity of 12-Month DSM-IV Disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2005;62(6):617-627. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.62.6.617
    4. Benfer N, Howell MK, Lucksted A, Romero EG, Drapalski AL. Self-Stigma and PTSD: Conceptualization and Implications for Research and Treatment. Psychiatr Serv. 2023;appips20220397. doi:10.1176/
    5. Parrott S. PTSD in the News: Media Framing, Stigma, and Myths About Mental Illness. Electronic News. 2023;17(3):181-197. doi:10.1177/19312431221146757

    January 2024 US.UNB.X.23.00119

Schedule23 Apr 2024