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How Are People Diagnosed with PTSD?

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Updated November 07, 2008

Question: How Are People Diagnosed with PTSD?
Answer: To be diagnosed with PTSD, a person must meet with a mental health professional with experience in diagnosing and treating PTSD. The mental health professional will determine if you meet certain requirements. In general, the person has to have experienced a certain type of traumatic event and have had a particular emotional response to the event. In addition, the person needs to experience a certain combination of symptoms for some time following the event. Remember, just because a person may have experienced a traumatic event does not necessarily mean that they will develop PTSD.

Learn more about the symptoms that make-up PTSD, as well as how PTSD is diagnosed.

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