But a friend recently sent me information about an interesting scientific study showing that people with chronic illness may develop PTSD. The new information shows that people who must live with chronic illnesses which often appear suddenly; require major life changes; cause severe symptoms, sometimes including pain; and may require unpleasant treatments, are likely to develop Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome as a result.
That is unfortunate, but may not be entirely bad news. People who were considered emotionally unstable and told their illnesses were psychosomatic may be taken more seriously now that emotional problems are known to be a result rather than a cause of their other conditions.
Here are some relevant internet sites that explain more about the connection: