Michael Hertzberg

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BACKGROUND In post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) there is a need for self-rating scales that are sensitive to treatment effects and have been tested in a broad range of trauma survivors. Separate measures of frequency and severity may also provide an advantage. METHODS Three hundred and fifty-three men and women completed the Davidson Trauma Scale(More)
A study was conducted to investigate chronic pain patterns in Vietnam veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Combat veterans with PTSD completed standardized PTSD severity, pain, somatization, and depression measures. Of 129 consecutive out-patient combat veterans with PTSD, 80% reported chronic pain. In descending order were limb pain (83%),(More)
A study was conducted to investigate smoking patterns in 445 Vietnam veterans with and without posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Combat veterans with PTSD reported similar occurrence of smoking (53%) compared to combat veterans without PTSD (45%). For those who smoked, combat veterans with PTSD reported a significantly higher rate of heavy smoking (> or(More)
The present study investigated smoking prevalence, smoking motives, demographic variables and psychological symptoms in 124 help-seeking, male Vietnam combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A high percentage of these veterans smoked (60%). Vietnam veterans with PTSD who smoked were more likely than those who did not smoke to report(More)
Two studies were conducted to investigate interpersonal violence in Vietnam veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In study one, combat veterans with PTSD reported significantly greater occurrence of violent behaviors over the past year (22 acts) versus combat veterans without PTSD (.2 acts). Combat exposure had an independent positive(More)
There has been growing interest in the concept of resilience and the question as to whether psychotropic medications or psychosocial treatments might have resilience-enhancing effects. This pilot study investigates resilience in a sample of patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) before and after treatment. Effects of treatment with tiagabine,(More)
BACKGROUND The anticonvulsant, lamotrigine, may be useful for symptom management in PTSD. METHODS Subjects enrolled in a 12-week double-blind evaluation of lamotrigine and placebo. Patients were randomized 2:1 to either lamotrigine or placebo. Lamotrigine was initiated at 25 mg/day and slowly titrated every 1 to 2 weeks over 8 weeks to a maximum dosage of(More)
OBJECTIVE A two-part study was conducted to examine the health status of Vietnam veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In part 1, veterans with and without PTSD were compared on health behaviors and on self-reported and physician-rated health problems. Consistency of self-report with physician rating for health problems across the two groups(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined whether trauma exposure before, during, and/or after military service contributed to current levels of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and adjustment. Further, we investigated whether trauma exposure before military service was mediated or moderated by military trauma in its effects on current PTSD and adjustment. (More)
BACKGROUND Fluoxetine and placebo were studied in a population of combat veterans with severe, chronic PTSD. METHODS Twelve male veterans with PTSD were enrolled in a 12 week double-blind evaluation of fluoxetine and placebo. Mean fluoxetine dose at endpoint (week 12) was 48 mg/day with a range of 10 mg to 60 mg. RESULTS One fluoxetine patient responded(More)