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How is PTSD diagnosed?

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PTSD, or post traumatic stress disorder, is diagnosed by a psychiatrist or a PhD level clinical psychologist. When evaluating someone for PTSD, one must have a history of exposure to a life-threatening event, or witness someone going through such event. Then they must have a history of recollection of the event, through nightmares or flashbacks, which appear as a movie and they seem to be right back when the event occurred. Then they must have a pattern of avoidance of anything that reminds them of the event. Finally, one must have a history of hypervigilance, where one is constantly on-guard for any future dangers. Once the psychiatrist or PhD-level psychologist diagnoses PTSD, then the next step is treatment planning, which includes psychotherapy and medication treatment.
answered Aug 23, 2015 by drcarlo (294,080 points)
selected Sep 15, 2015 by drcarlo
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