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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Diagnosis

(Also Known As: Ptsd Diagnosis, Stress Disorder Diagnosis, Traumatic Stress Diagnosis, Chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Diagnosis, Shell Shock Diagnosis, Stress Syndrome Diagnosis, Railway Spine Diagnosis, Traumatic War Neurosis Diagnosis, Battle Fatigue Diagnosis, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome Diagnosis)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

How is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Diagnosed?

Post traumatic stress disorder is diagnosed based on the following criteria: 7

  • One experiences or witnessed an event involving death, injury or threat of death.
  • The response to the event involved horror, fear, and helplessness
  • One feels constantly on guard or alert for signs of dangers that affects their sleep or concentrating abilities
  • One tries to avoid things and situations that reminds them of the traumatic event or they have the sense of emotional numbness.
  • The symptoms last for more than a month.
  • One relives the experience of the event, such as having the distressing memories and images or flashbacks, sometimes with physical reactions.
  • The symptoms experienced by one causes them significant distress and often interferes with their ability to do normal tasks.

Factors qualified as traumatic events by the DSM IV include the following: 8

  • Sexual/physical assault
  • Combat
  • Hostage taking/imprisonment
  • Torture
  • Terrorism
  • Man-made and natural disasters
  • Accidents
  • Life threatening illness
  • Children who experienced sexual molestation even if the act is not committed violently or in a life threatening way.

Could You Have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

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