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PTSD - Diagnosis and assessment

1. Why is PTSD classified as an anxiety disorder, not an adjustment disorder?
2. Briefly describe the factors that contributes to the all overall stress in the your select, including psychosocial and cultural factors, temperament, etc.
3. Be sure to include you thoughts on how to could assist this client to remove the stressors or cope with them differently.

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1. Why is PTSD classified as an anxiety disorder, not an adjustment disorder?

It is classified as an anxiety disorder because the main symptom associated in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is anxiety. Experiencing traumatic events that can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which include:

? War
? Rape
? Natural disasters
? A car or plane crash
? Kidnapping
? Violent assault
? Sexual or physical abuse
? Medical procedures (especially in kids)
(http://www.helpguide.org/mental/post_traumatic_stress_disorder_symptoms_treatment.htm).

For example, according to the DSM-IV-TR: "When an individual who has been exposed to a traumatic event develops anxiety symptoms, re-experiencing of the event, and avoidance of stimuli related to the event lasting more than four weeks, they may be suffering from this Anxiety Disorder".

2. Briefly describe the factors that contribute to the all overall stress in the (disorder?) you select, including psychosocial and cultural factors, temperament, etc.

Because this disorder is caused by a traumatic event, it crosses all cultural and socioeconomic boundaries, meaning anyone is susceptible to getting PTSD who experiences a traumatic event, which is a psychosocial event, as mentioned above (war, rape, natural disaster, etc,). According to DSM-IV-TR, symptoms are listed in order to make a diagnosis of PTSD. Specifically, the DSM-IV-TR Diagnostic criteria for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder include:

A. The person has been exposed to a traumatic event in which both of the following were present:

(1) the person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened ...

Solution Summary

By addressing the questions, this solution explores aspects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The DSM -IV-TR diagnostic criteria for PTSD are also provided. Supplemented with an informative article on the causes, symptoms and treatments for PTSD. References are provided.

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