Diagnostic criteria for PTSD based on Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV, Text Revision
To make the formal diagnosis of PTSD the following diagnostic criteria must be met:
1. Exposure to traumatic eventExperiencing, witnessing o
Biochemical changes in the brain and body have been observed in majority of people diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. In laboratory studies it was seen that cortisol secretion in the urine is decreased, while catecholamine (norepineprin
Pfc. John Dwyer, a medic during the Iraq war, who died
after suffering from PTSD
Imagine yourself in the midst of the strong earthquake that had just hit the town of Christchurch in New Zealand, seeing buildings crumbling in a blink of an eye.