-Can you help with a detailed review and analysis of the evaluation process, including use of the DSM-IV-TR to determine if an individual has a stress reaction that can be diagnosed as acute stress disorder or PTSD?
-Why might it be important to assess for PTSD when working with a client who has been through a traumatic experience?
-Would this diagnosis change the crisis intervention approaches used with the client?
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(1) Can you help with a detailed review and analysis of the evaluation process, including use of the DSM-IV-TR to determine if an individual has a stress reaction that can be diagnosed as acute stress disorder or PTSD?
Posttraumatic stress disorder belongs to the five classes of anxiety disorders, and can be defined. "As an anxiety disorder exhibited as a persistent pattern of psychological distress that follows a period of exposure to extreme stress:" (McNally, 2003 as cited in Pinel, 2006, p. 459). The essential feature of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is "The development of characteristic symptoms following an extreme traumatic stress of involving distinct personal experience of an event that it involves actual or threatened death or serious injury, or other threat to one's physical integrity........experienced by a family member or other close associate" [Criterion A] (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders [DSM-OV-TR]. 2000, p. 463).
Based on DSM-IV-TR (2000) criteria, traumatic events that are experienced directly include but are not limited to military combat, violent personal assault (sexual assault, physical attack, ...
This solution provides an evaluation for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder