Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) diagnosis

TRAUMA

  • Traumatic event that would cause stress in any individual
  • Reliving/re-experiencing event e.g. flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts
  • Avoidance of things similar to event
  • Unable to function e.g. socially, work
  • Memory affected – inability to recall (partial or complete) important aspects of the event
  • Arousal symptoms e.g. hyper-vigilance, startle reaction, irritability, poor concentration, poor sleep

Symptoms arise within 6 months (ICD-10) or 1 month (DSM-V)

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