First let me make everyone aware that PTSD is not my area of expertise so I will be speaking in very general terms today…
What is PTSD? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health disorder that can occur after someone experiences a traumatic event such as combat, assault, or disaster. Most people experience some kind of stress reaction in response to experiencing trauma. PTSD can be the manifestation of this reaction…and the individual could develop a cluster of symptoms that may be later diagnosed as PTSD.
In order to be diagnosed with PTSD the individual must meet several criterion based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – also know as the DSM. Currently mental health and medical providers use the DSM-5 which is the 5th edition of this manual and it was released in May of this year (2013).
There are 8 criteria in the DSM5 for a PTSD diagnosis.…continue reading