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Psychological adaptation of anxiety disorder patients following repeated exposure to emergency situation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8731543     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Thirty one patients in treatment for anxiety disorders and 31 controls were interviewed within hours after both the first and second Iraqi missile attacks on Israel during the Gulf war. After the first attack patients did not report higher anxiety levels, nor were they more pessimistic about the war and their fate in the war than the control subjects. Anxiety disorder patients tended to be engaged in cognitive-behavioral tactics for self-calming, while control subjects clearly preferred to cope by interacting with their social and physical environments. Following the second missile bombardment, patients were more inclined to retain their initial levels of anxiety and pessimism, while controls seem to have better adapted and showed significant improvements in those variables. The results are discussed in terms of coping skills and vulnerability as factors influencing adaptation to prolonged emergency situations.
E Somer; G Keinan; D Carmil
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of traumatic stress     Volume:  9     ISSN:  0894-9867     ISO Abbreviation:  J Trauma Stress     Publication Date:  1996 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-09-26     Completed Date:  1996-09-26     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8809259     Medline TA:  J Trauma Stress     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  207-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Israel Institute for Treatment and Prevention of Stress, Haifa, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Anxiety Disorders / psychology*
Case-Control Studies
Emergencies / psychology*
Interview, Psychological
Predictive Value of Tests
Problem Solving

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