Prevalence of Undiagnosed PTSD among In-Patients in an SUD Treatment Centre

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Journal of biomedical research and clincal practice
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Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common co-ocuring disorder among patients with substance use disorders. Treatment of PTSD improves SUD treatment outcome. Many studies show that a large number of patients with co-morbid PTSD do not get diagnosed, talk less of getting treatment for PTSD. We administered the PTSD check list (civilian version) to patients on admission in June 2017 after obtaining informed consent. Twenty-one percent (21%) of them met the DSM IV criteria for PTSD, but none of the patients had a diagnosis of PTSD in their case files prior to the study.  PTSD is frequently missed by clinicians when assessing clients seeking treatment for substance use disorders.