Determining the difference between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma disorders can be a challenge. Confusing this issue is the fact that PTSD and other anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), often co-occur. Signs and Diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder GAD is characterized by excessive worry and anxiety. While most people experience … Read more

Diagnosing PTSD

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) include the following: Exposure to a traumatic event Persistent re-experiencing of the event Persistent memory avoidance Persistent emotional numbing The first component, exposure, must involve both a loss of physical integrity or risk of serious injury or death … Read more