International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

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Vicarious Reactivity Following Amputation: A Potential Role of PTSD and Chronic Pain

Posted 4 March 2016 by Melita Giummarra, PhD and Bernadette Fitzgibbon, PhD

Vicarious Reactivity Following Amputation: A Potential Role of PTSD and Chronic Pain
This JTS Commentary discusses a series of studies investigating the tendency to experience pain when witnessing others in pain—i.e., vicarious pain—in two amputee cohorts. Given the high levels of co-morbidity and likely common neurobiological mechanisms of pain and post-traumatic stress disorder, we specifically investigated the role of PTSD symptoms in the experience of vicarious pain.