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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

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NINO GARCIA, Jorge Andrés. Depersonalization in Burned Patients. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2010, vol.39, n.1, pp.168-177. ISSN 0034-7450.

Introduction: Mortality rates in patients suffering from burns have decreased, and the challenge now is quality of life of survivors, who have a high prevalence of mental disorders. Objective: To describe the prevalence of depersonalization disorder in burned patients. Methods: Review of the literature published on the subject, using the databases Medline, Ovid and Tripdatabase. Results: It is well documented that dissociative symptoms including depersonalization accompany acute stress reactions that are triggered by major trauma, and that cognitive styles predispose certain individuals exposed to trauma to develop psychopathology, mostly posttraumatic stress disorder. Conclusion: Despite this knowledge few studies have been conducted to establish the prevalence of phenomena of depersonalization-derealization in burned patients

Keywords : depersonalization; dissociative symptoms; burn; pain.

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