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How is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosed?

Diagnosis of PTSD begins with an evaluation of your symptoms. The requirements for diagnosis of PTSD are outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). If your symptoms are severe and last longer than a month, discuss them with a health care professional. Getting treatment as soon as possible can help PTSD symptoms from escalating.

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