Ptsd Research Paper

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or (PTSD) is a fairly new recognized disorder. The diagnosis of PTSD first appeared in 1980 in the internationally accepted authority on PTSD, the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychological Association), 3rd Edition (APA 1980). Though war veterans are at a higher risk for the disorder, the civilian population is also affected. The psychiatric world has put an emphasis on the disorder and has been able to treat a majority of the cases using a wide variety of methods. Diagnostic criteria for PTSD include a history of exposure to a traumatic event meeting two criteria and symptoms from each of three symptom clusters: intrusive recollections, avoidant/numbing symptoms, and hyper-arousal symptoms. A fifth criterion concerns duration of symptoms and a sixth assesses functioning (American Psychological Association, 2000). According to…show more content…
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