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PTSD Part 2: How Is PTSD Diagnosed?

Friday, August 14th, 2015

By Jacqueline Redmond

Our previous blog — Part 1 — provided a basic introduction to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Part II will examine how health care providers diagnose PTSD. Clinicians who diagnose PTSD include licensed social workers, licensed professional counselors, psychiatrists, and psychologists. All use a specific reference called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). It is now on its fifth update (DSM-V) and is used to classify all the different criteria for mental illnesses. In the past, PTSD was listed under “Anxiety Disorders” with the assumption that stress was one of the underlying causes. This year, in the newly released DSM-V, it is found more appropriately under “Trauma and Stressor-related Disorders.”PTSD

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Part 1

Friday, August 7th, 2015

By Jacqueline Redmond

PTSDPTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Most of us only hear about this when something happens and calls our attention to it. Often this is after we hear on the news about terrifying public incidents in which individuals involved are characterized as having had an episode in which PTSD played crucial role. But how much do we really understand about this mental health condition which affects millions of individuals? What do we think about when we hear Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

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