A diagnostic and family study of posttraumatic stress disorder.


Journal Article

A family history study of 36 patients with chronic posttraumatic stress disorder revealed a positive history of familial psychopathology in 66% of the patients. Alcoholism, depression, and anxiety disorders were the disorders most commonly found. The patients also had a higher prevalence of alcoholic siblings than did a retrospectively derived control group of depressed and anxious male patients. With respect to the proportion of familial anxiety to familial depression, the probands with posttraumatic stress disorder more closely resembled probands with generalized anxiety than probands with depression. Every patient had experienced at least one significant psychiatric illness during his lifetime, most commonly alcohol abuse or depression.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Davidson, J; Swartz, M; Storck, M; Krishnan, RR; Hammett, E

Published Date

  • January 1, 1985

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 142 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 90 - 93

PubMed ID

  • 3966591

Pubmed Central ID

  • 3966591

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-953X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/ajp.142.1.90


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States