Can horror movies induce PTSD-like syndrome?*1 *1 This article is based on the first author´s master´s degree dissertation Transtorno de Estresse Pós-Traumático, Comorbidade, Qualidade de Vida e Trauma por Exposição Vicária (Filme Comercial) defended in February 19th, 2016, at the Programa de Pós-graduação em Psiquiatria e Saúde Mental do Instituto de Psiquiatria da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.

Podem filmes de terror induzir uma síndrome TEPT-símile?

Les films d’horreur peuvent-ils induire un syndrome semblable au SSPT?

¿Pueden las películas de terror inducir a un trastorno similar al TEPT?

Können Horrorfilme ein PTBS-ähnliches Syndrom induzieren?

Alexandre Xavier Gomes de Araújo Mariana Pires Luz William Berger Luiz Felipe Pagotto Ivan Figueira Mauro V. Mendlowicz About the authors

We reported a case of a 10-year-old girl who developed a PTSD-like syndrome after watching a horror movie. After 6 years, the now 16-year-old patient still fulfilled the DSM-IV criteria for PTSD, except for the trauma itself. We reviewed the scientific literature for case reports of PTSD-like syndrome induced by horror movies and found 13 cases. In only two was the presence of the DSM criteria confirmed. Watching horror movies may thus trigger PTSD-like syndromes in vulnerable viewers

Keywords:
Stress disorders; PTSD; mass media; motion pictures


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