Addressing the causes and consequences of patients’ perceptions of enduring somatic threat

The enduring somatic threat (EST) model of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to life-threatening medical events suggests that PTSD-like symptoms represent patients’ sensitization to cues of ongoing threat in the body. Donald Edmondson discusses research on the prevalence and consequences of such reactions in cardiovascular disease patients, discuss early tests of the EST model.

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