Objective: “Disorders specifically associated with stress” are receiving increasing attention in clinical practice, research, and modern classification systems of mental disorders. This includes not only reactions to “extremely threatening or horrific events” as it is characteristic for “post-traumatic stress disorders” but also a variety of day-to-day experiences. Examples are experiences of injustice, humiliation, or breach of trust which can have dire psychological consequences such as feelings of embitterment, a strong and crippling emotion. This study investigated the frequency of feelings of injustice and concomitant embitterment across different areas of daily life of psychosomatic patients. Methods: In an observational archival study, 200 inpatients of a department of behavioral medicine filled in the “Differential Life Burden Scale, DLB-Scale” and the “Post-Traumatic Embitterment Scale, PTED-Scale” which asks for experiences of injustice and embitterment. Results: More than half of all patients (58.5%) reported about very or extremely unjust and unfair life events and 51.5% additionally about feelings of embitterment. This was primarily associated with complaints about problems in the family and the workplace and was accompanied by an impairment of well-being. Conclusions: The findings indicate that experiences of injustice and embitterment are frequently seen in psychosomatic inpatients and should get special attention.

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