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Department of Psychiatry

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Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Mental Disorders | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology | Substance Abuse and Addiction


Co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorder (SUD) is common, affects multiple domains of functioning, and presents complex challenges to recovery. Initial research indicates that individuals with physical disabilities experience higher rates of lifetime trauma and PTSD, and exhibit more severe SUD compared to non-disabled individuals. To expand upon these initial findings, we conducted a series of two studies on PTSD and SUD among individuals with physical disabilities.


posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use disorder (SUD), comorbidity, disabled, individuals with physical disabilities


Anderson, M. L., Ziedonis, D. M., & Najavits, L. M. PTSD/SUD in Individuals with Physical Disabilities: Identifying Problems and Promising Interventions. Poster presented at the 122nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, August 2014.

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122nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, 2014