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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Basics

Overview of the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including its symptoms, causes, and treatment.

Proposed Changes to the PTSD Diagnosis in DSM-5
Learn more about the proposed changes that will be made to the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosis in the DSM-V.

Common Symptoms After a Traumatic Event
Many people do not know what is a "normal" or an "abnormal" symptom after a traumatic event. This article presents some information on common symptoms that develop following a traumatic event, as well as what symptoms are important to look out for.

Delayed-Onset PTSD: What Is It and Why Does It Occur
Learn more about delayed-onset PTSD and why it may occur.

An Overview of Prevalence Rates of PTSD
The prevalence rates of PTSD differ depending upon what group of people you are looking at. Learn more about the rates of PTSD across different populations.

Different Ways of Finding a Therapist for Your PTSD
Learn some ways to find a therapist when seeking treatment for PTSD.

Should Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Be Changed to Posttraumatic Stress Injury?
There are a number of PTSD treatments available that have been found to be useful in reducing the symptoms of PTSD. So, why do some people chose one treatment over another? This article explores reasons underlying PTSD treatment preferences.

The Purpose of Anxiety
Learn more about why we have anxiety and what it does for us.

Questions to Ask a Therapist During the First Session
Starting with a new therapist can be an anxiety-provoking experience; however, knowing what to ask a therapist during the first session can help you determine whether there could be a good fit between you and your new therapist. This article lists some important questions that you may want to ask when meeting with a new therapist.

How to Find a Therapist for Your PTSD
Many people with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may desire some kind of psychological treatment for their symptoms but not know how to go about finding a therapist in their area that treats PTSD. Finding a mental health provider can be an overwhelming and stressful task if you do not know where to look. Fortunately, there are several...

Complex PTSD Versus PTSD
Learn what Complex PTSD is, as well as how it is different from PTSD.

PTSD - An Overview
Learn general information on post-traumatic stress disorder, including its symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and what treatments are available for the disorder.

What exactly is PTSD?
Get information on the basics of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.

Telling Someone About Your PTSD
Have you recently been diagnosed with PTSD? Are you thinking of telling someone that you have PTSD? Learn some tips on how to disclose your PTSD diagnosis to your loved ones.

Symptoms of PTSD
A brief overview of all of the different symptoms that make up PTSD is provided here.

Being Diagnosed with PTSD
There are a number of requirements that must be met before someone is diagnosed with PTSD. Learn about these requirements here.

PTSD Myths
People have a lot of questions about PTSD, and there are a lot of myths surrounding the diagnosis. Learn the facts of PTSD.

An Overview of Standard Psychological Treatments for PTSD
There are several cognitive-behavioral treatments that have been found to be successful in addressing PTSD symptoms: Exposure Therapy, Stress-Inoculation Training, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. These are reviewed here.

DSM-5 Changes to the PTSD Diagnosis - Changes to the PTSD Diagnosis
A number of changes to the PTSD diagnosis are being proposed for the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Share your thoughts on the changes that are being proposed.

DSM-5 PTSD Criteria for Children
Learn about the criteria for a PTSD diagnosis for children.

DSM-5 Changes to PTSD Diagnostic Criteria
The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has declared that PTSD is no longer an anxiety disorder.

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