Posttraumatic disorders in patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders

The findings of international studies suggest high rates of interpersonal violence and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Only few studies, however, have so far been conducted in the German-speaking countries.


The present study confirmed the high rates of experiences of interpersonal violence and comorbid PTSD in a German sample of patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Violence and it’s consequences should therefore be routinely assessed and the full spectrum of trauma-specific therapies should be integrated into the treatment of this group of patients.


They thought I had PTSD, then went into a full blown episode for the first time in ages a few months later, so they gave me the SZ label. Not sure if that means they think my grievances are justified or just delusions. It made me very angry in hospital and still a bit now.