Post-traumatic psychosis among Cambodian refugees

J. David Kinzie, James J. Boehnlein

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Of 100 consecutive Cambodian patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), seven had severe persistent psychotic symptoms. Those with psychosis did not differ demographically or in severity of trauma from those without psychosis. The behavior of these seven patients was disruptive to their families; all required hospitalizations and were difficult to treat. This report as well as other clinical literature indicate that psychosis, usually associated with PTSD, is an infrequent but definite occurrence after massive psychological trauma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-198
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1989


  • Cambodian
  • psychological trauma
  • psychosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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