Depression linked to PTSD New Study shows half of PTSD sufferers also suffer from depression

June 11, 2013   •  Posted in: 

Edmonds, WA (Jun 11, 2013) – A recent study by Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Psychological Sciences suggests that about one of every two people diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) also suffer symptoms of depression. According to Dr. Gregory Jantz, PhD., an internationally renowned eating disorder specialist, author and founder of The Center • A Place of HOPE, a residential treatment facility in Edmunds, Washington, these findings are significant in that they allow for a much more specific understanding of co-occurrence of these conditions, and may lead to more effective PTSD and depression treatment in both men and women.

Prior to this new study, it was generally estimated that individuals that suffered from both major depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder fell within a range of anywhere from 20 to 80 percent. The fact that PTSD and depression can occur simultaneously draws attention to the vital importance of making certain sufferers are assessed properly for both disorders. Without a proper diagnosis, a major disorder may go completely untreated. For example, depression is diagnosed much more frequently in women than in men. Thus, symptoms of depression in men may be misdiagnosed as symptoms related to PTSD. Such misdiagnoses can lead to undertreatment of a major depressive order.

  • The Case Western Reserve University was based on an analysis of 57 peer-reviews studies
  • The study concluded that 52 percent of PTSD cases also reported symptoms of depression
  • The analysis also concluded that both genders diagnosed with PTSD suffer equally from depression

“This study is significant in that it shows a link between the two conditions in both men and women,” says Dr. Jantz. “Knowledge of the relationship between PTSD and depression will allow us to better diagnose patients and provide the multi-faceted treatment they need to facilitate a real recovery.”

The Center for Counseling and Health Resources offers a whole-person approach to treatment for both PTSD and depression. Patients at The Center benefit from a custom plan of treatment and diverse staff of specialists that allows for an exploration of the psychological, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, nutritional, and relational issues at play.

Dr. Gregory Jantz

Pioneering Whole Person Care over thirty years ago, Dr. Gregory Jantz is an innovator in the treatment of mental health. He is a best-selling author of over 45 books, and a go-to media authority on behavioral health afflictions, appearing on CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, and CNN. Dr. Jantz leads a team of world-class, licensed, and...

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