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Posttraumatic stress disorder, anger and hostility, and physical health status.

Ouimette P, Cronkite R, Prins A, Moos RH. Posttraumatic stress disorder, anger and hostility, and physical health status. The Journal of nervous and mental disease. 2004 Aug 1; 192(8):563-6.

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Accumulating evidence suggests that posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is linked to both objective and subjective indices of poorer health. Less is known about processes that may explain this association. This study examined anger/hostility as a possible mediator and moderator of PTSD and health status among a sample of 134 medical patients. Participants completed a structured interview of PTSD and questionnaires assessing health perceptions and anger and data on physician-diagnosed illnesses were gathered from computerized databases. Trait anger and anger-in partially explained the association between PTSD and poorer general health perceptions. There was a significant association between anger-in and the presence of a circulatory disorder only in patients with PTSD.

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