What’s Your Diagnosis? PTSD Symptoms

Welcome to this month’s What’s Your Diagnosis Challenge!

But before we begin, check to see if you got last month’s case on Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment in the Emergency Department correct.

Case Presentation: An Evidence-Based Approach to Emergency Department Patients at Risk for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms  

A 21-year-old woman with a stab wound to the arm is anxious, upset, and having difficulty focusing and answering questions…   

  • The patient recalls a similar violent injury from her past and appears to struggle to answer general questions from the treating team. There is a record of antidepressant medication in her chart. 
  • Her injuries are mild, and she is stable. After being evaluated by emergency clinicians and the surgical consult team, she remains anxious-appearing and tearful. 
  • You suspect that her recovery may be complicated, given her emotional state. 
  • You wonder whether a mental health consultation is indicated, and whether you can even get one on an emergent basis… 

Make your best guess, and check back next month to find out the correct answer!

Click to review this Emergency Medicine Practice Issue, PTSD Symptoms

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Last Updated on January 26, 2023

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