Post-traumatic stress in adults with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome

Emma N. M. M. von Scheibler, Thérèse A. M. J. van Amelsvoort, Claudia Vingerhoets, Agnies M. van Eeghen, Erik Boot

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22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2DS) is associated with an elevated genetic risk of several psychiatric disorders. However, the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in individuals with 22q11.2DS has been reported to be only 0.9%; this is lower than that of the general population (3.9%). We explored the occurrence of PTSD and traumatic events in a Dutch cohort of 112 adults with 22q11.2DS, and found PTSD in 8.0%, traumatic events in 20.5% and trauma-focused treatment in 17.9% of patients. Our novel findings suggest that PTSD may be underdiagnosed in individuals with 22q11.2DS. Clinicians and other caregivers should be alert to trauma in this population in order to enable treatment and minimise psychiatric burden.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere126
JournalBJPsych Open
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2022


  • 22q11.2 deletion syndrome
  • adults
  • cognitive-behavioural therapy
  • eye movement desensitisation reprocessing
  • post-traumatic stress disorder

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