Do all traumatic events lead to PTSD? If not, how does one differentiate?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 5, 2022, 1:10 am ad1c9bdddf
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Over the course of the years, the diagnosing criteria for PTSD have steadily been creeping to one that fits in to the managed care model. While many physicians would not have placed this diagnosis on their patients experiencing normal grieving or anxieties in the past, they now feel as if patients will not get the assistance needed without this stigmatic diagnosis. According to the DSM, PTSD is a disorder that arises after a set of traumatic stressors. However, this definition has been now expanded to include those anxieties such as divorce, financial difficulties, and even dental procedures. While it is not founded that all disorders fall in to the PTSD category, physicians are manipulating the criteria to allow for health care coverage and treatment.
With that being said, it is up to the editors of the DSM-V and the psychiatrists to form a more concrete construct of the actual disorder that will remove the susceptibility of misuse by physicians. It should be one that accounts for the patient's complete presentation of signs and symptoms, not just a reflexive diagnosis to a patient's difficulty time.
When answering this question, you may want to take in to account all the various types of stressors and traumatic events. Intentional and unintentional events can be categorized as either eustress or distress which plays a significant role in determining how a patient handles traumatic situations, thus lending itself to either a diagnosis of situational anxiety or PTSD. In order to differentiate you will want to search the criteria for diagnosing PTSD.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 5, 2022, 1:10 am ad1c9bdddf>