The reports on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in this issue of
THE JOURNAL1- 3
draw attention to 3 important facts: PTSD is a worldwide problem, reaching
alarming proportions in countries torn by violent conflict; it is associated
with persistent disability and comorbidity for many people; and treatments
can produce a meaningful reduction in distress. These studies, which tell
clinicians not to forget about PTSD, provide the opportunity to focus on what
is known about PTSD as a medical problem, and its presentation, recognition,
and management. Perhaps the 3 main lessons to be learned are that PTSD often
presents in medical disguise, it is largely unrecognized, and it can be treated
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