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Subject: Re: near and long term fixes for the cause of PTSD
At 08:10 PM 4/19/2001 -0700, drieux just drieux wrote:
>On the political side of that problem - we may wish to remind folks that a
critical component of the DSM-IV definition for PTSD remains the 'life
threatening' criterion - and as such helping many in both the media and the
media-consumer end of the process to understand that a 'bad hair day' does
not suffice to earn the title 'ptsd'.
The complete criteria is:
"...experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that
involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the
physical integrity of self or others"
Psychological torture and other such situations qualify just as much as
looking down the barrel of a gun. In addition, traumatologists recognize
Complex Traumatic Stress involving constant or multiple experiences of
lessor stressers. You probably won't see it official until DSM VI, but
>the critical question at this point is whether or not we will be able to
move forward with the near term solution - getting the armed forces to
include 'psychiatric first aid kits' as part and parcel of the standard
'load out' for all military personnel.
I'm with you 100% there!
Martin (via my partner's account)
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