A recently published article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal revealed that majority of people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) do not disclose the traumatic event to their family doctors unless they are asked, while advising that there are screening questions which Canadian family doctors can use to resolve the problem. The article published in the Monday’s issue offers advice to help primary-care physicians to treat patients with PTSD.
In the article, Dr. Allison Crawford of the psychiatry department at the University of Toronto shares that in the military, previous exposure to potentially traumatic events including combat, witnessing injury, death of comrades or witnessing an atrocity usually triggers screening for PTSD. Whereas, she suggests that for civilians, exposure to events caused by fear of death or bodily injury, and witnessing death or bodily injury should call for a screening to detect psychological distress or trauma. Crawford mentions that “many patients will not spontaneously offer this information.”