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(p. 27) The Target Diagnosis: PTSD 

(p. 27) The Target Diagnosis: PTSD
(p. 27) The Target Diagnosis: PTSD

John C. Markowitz

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date: 09 July 2020

This chapter undertakes a review of the diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as defined in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV and DSM5). It recounts the controversy over what constitutes a DSM Criterion A “trauma,” as opposed to other upsetting events. The chapter distinguishes between acute and chronic trauma, age of trauma, and other facets of traumatic events. It emphasizes interpersonal aspects of trauma. The chapter discusses the use of assessment instruments for serial measurement of PTSD and related symptoms. It further addresses the IPT characterization of PTSD as a treatable medical illness that is not the patient’s fault.

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