Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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How Is PTSD Diagnosed?
People with PTSD suffer lasting and persistent feelings of fear and anxiety. The sufferer relives the trauma through nightmares, intrusive memories, and flashbacks.
PTSD was once thought to be an anxiety disorder. It was reclassified in the most recent diagnostic handbook, the DSM-5, because symptoms like guilt and shame fall outside the fear-anxiety spectrum.
A doctor with experience in diagnosing mental illnesses, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist, can diagnose PTSD. To be diagnosed with PTSD, an adult must have all of the following for at least one month:
- At least one re-experiencing symptom.
- At least one avoidance symptom
- At least two arousal and reactivity symptoms
- At least two cognition and mood symptoms
PTSD symptoms must be severe enough to interfere with relationships or work. Some people recover within six months, while others have PTSD symptoms that come and go for decades.
PLEASE CONSULT A PHYSICIAN FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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