Patients disfigured in traumatic incidents are much more likely to suffer post traumatic stress disorder, unemployment, marital problems, binge drinking and depression, according to a study by Yale School of Medicine researchers.
Although the study included only 20 subjects, the findings are significant and address an issue that has not been widely studied, said the senior author, John Persing, M.D., professor and section chief of plastic surgery in the Department of Surgery. The subjects had lacerations slightly over one inch or larger and/or a fractured facial bone that required surgery.
"Emotionally, these patients are reporting higher levels of depression, anxiety, and discomfort regarding their body image, as well as an overall lower satisfaction with their lives," Persing said. "Socially, they are reporting significantly higher levels of marital conflict. Behaviorally, they are reporting significantly greater problems with alcohol consumption, as well as significantly higher rates of legal problems and deficits in occupational functioning."
Jacqueline Weaver | EurekAlert!
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