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How is post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosed for mental abuse?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is diagnosed based on a psychological examination. During the evaluation, a mental health professional may ask you to describe symptoms, the intensity of the symptoms, when they occur, and the history leading to the onset of the symptoms. A diagnosis of post-traumatic stress must meet some of the criteria of the illness described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The criteria includes

  1. Experienced an event like a death or injury resulting in intense fear or hopelessness;
  2. Disturbing flashbacks, dreams, or physical reaction of the event;
  3. A sensation of heightened alertness to signs of danger;
  4. Trouble concentrating or sleeping;
  5. A sense of emotional numbness following the event; or
  6. Symptoms interfere with normal life activities and continue for longer than one month.

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