DSMIV Diagnostic Criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

A. PTSD occurs after an individual has been exposed to a traumatic event that is associated with intense fear or horror.

B. The patient persistently reexperiences the event through intrusive recollection or nightmares, reliving of the experience (flashbacks), or intense distress when exposed to reminders of the event.

C. The patient may have feelings of detachment (emotional numbing), anhedonia, amnesia, restricted affect, or active avoidance of thoughts or activities that may be reminders of the trauma (three required).

D. A general state of increased arousal persists after the traumatic event, which is characterized by poor concentration, hypervigilance, exaggerated startle response, insomnia, or irritability (two required).

E. Symptoms have been present for at least one month

F. Symptoms cause significant distress or impaired occupational or social functioning

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