Comorbid PTSD

Around 80 percent of patients diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) also present with at least one comorbid psychiatric disorder. The occurrence of comorbid PTSD is widespread, as individuals with PTSD frequently experience multiple conditions concurrently. Many individuals with PTSD attempt to manage their emotions and thoughts independently, which may involve self-medication and engaging in various self-destructive behaviors. Common examples include substance abuse, such as drug or alcohol use, which can exacerbate symptoms, prolong treatment, and provide only temporary relief from emotional distress while intoxicated. Optimal outcomes are typically achieved through simultaneous and integrated treatment of both the co-occurring mental health condition and PTSD. The most common comorbid disorders include:

  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Drug abuse
  • Somatization Disorder


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