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The British Journal of Psychiatry
Year: 2009  |  Volume: 194  |  Issue: 6  |  Page No.: 479 - 480

The dangers of inflation: memories of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder

N Greenberg and S. Wessely    

Abstract:

People who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are likely to find that their quality of life is substantially impaired. However, unlike other diagnoses, in order for clinicians to make a diagnosis of PTSD people have to be able to accurately recall the details of a traumatic incident. Yet recent evidence suggests that recall of such incidents is often unreliable. Clinicians should therefore exercise caution to avoid making inaccurate diagnoses.

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