Traumatized

Behavioral Health


{"ops":[{"insert":"Diagnosis and reasoning"},{"insert":"\n","attributes":{"header":1}},{"insert":"This 22 year old soldier has presented with marked psychological disturbances following a tour of duty in Afghanistan.\n\nGiven the likely exposure to severe psychological trauma during the war, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) immediately suggests itself as a strong possibility.\n\nAnalysis of the relevant section in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of mental disorders-5 (DSM 5) shows that a very specific set of criteria need to be met in order to establish such a diagnosis.\n\nFirst and foremost, a clear \u0027stressor\u0027 should be present; in this patient\u0027s case, the war in Afghanistan more than satisfies this criterion.\n\nSecondly, these patients should also manifest symptoms from 4 specific \u0027symptom clusters\u0027: intrusions, avoidance, altera"}]}

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