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Case report

The course of PTSD in persons deported in childhood to the Soviet Union

Robert Pudlo1, Małgorzata Pudlo1, Jerzy Matysiakiewicz1, Piotr Gorczyca1, ROBERT HESE1
1. Katedry Psychiatrii Wydziału Lekarskiego w Zabrzu Śląskiej Akademii Medycznej
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2005; 14 (supl. 1/20): 20-106
Keywords: post-traumatic stress disorder, deportation

Abstract

Objective. The course of PTSD in people deported in childhood to the Soviet Union is reported in the paper.

Case. In three persons deported in childhood to the SUpost-traumatic stress disorder was diagnosed. In all the three cases a period ofPTSD symptoms latency lasting many years, with a rather good social adjustment, was followed by a very rapid aggravation of both psychopathological and somatic symptoms, as well as an accelerated ageing.

Commentary. In individuals deported in childhood to the SU, PTSD seems to have a specific dynamics, with a long period of latency followed by rapid deterioration.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Robert Pudlo, Katedra Psychiatrii, ul. Pyskowicka 49, 42-600 Tarnowskie Góry