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Volume 14, suplement 1

Case report

A life-changing road accident - schizophrenia or PTSD?

RENATA RYBACKA-TORBUS1, MARTA SASIŃSKA1, BARTŁOMIEJ STASZAK1, MACIEJ DUBIŃSKI1, DOROTA BARANOWSKA-BARTYZEL1
1. Centrum Psychiatrii SPZOZ w Katowicach
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2005; 14 (supl. 1/20): 45-106
Keywords: schizophrenia, PTSD, diagnostics

Abstract

Objective. Diagnostic difficulties are discussed in a patient initially treatedfor suspected schizophrenia, but finally diagnosed with PTSD.

Case. A male patient aged 29, after a car crash, treated in the past few years on the outpatient basis for suspected schizophrenia. During his hospitalisation PTSD was eventually recognised and his treatment was altered accordingly.

Commentary. Pre-morbidfactors superimposed on circumstances of the symptoms onset, the course of the disorder, and response to treatment may sometimes make the differential diagnosis of schizophrenia and PTSD difficult.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Renata Rybacka-Torbus, Szpital - Centrum Psychiatrii Samodzielnego Publicznego Zakładu Opieki Zdrowotnej, ul. Korczaka 27, 40-340 Katowice