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PTSD Overview



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This section is for Researchers, Providers, and Helpers

PTSD Overview

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like combat, assault, or disaster. Below find information and a PTSD 101 online course that provide a basic understanding of PTSD. For additional materials, also see the PTSD Overview in the Public section of our website.

  • PTSD Overview
    This PTSD 101 online course describes the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, risk factors, and evidence-based treatments for PTSD. Videos of Veterans with PTSD and clinicians are included.
  • PTSD and DSM-5
    Describes the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for PTSD, including an overview of revisions from DSM-IV.
  • Dissociative Subtype of PTSD
    Describes the dissociative subtype of PTSD included in DSM-5. Reviews rationale and evidence for inclusion, diagnosis, and treatment considerations.
  • The Dissociative Subtype of PTSD Course
    This PTSD 101 online course reviews the etiology and mechanisms underlying the dissociative subtype of PTSD, a new inclusion in DSM-5. The author describes assessment and treatment interventions.
  • PTSD for Children 6 Years and Younger
    Describes the DSM-5 subtype of PTSD called Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in preschool children (ages 6 and younger). Reviews symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment considerations.
  • PTSD History and Overview
    Describes in detail the history of PTSD, the PTSD diagnosis, and the criteria needed to meet a diagnosis of PTSD.
  • Complex PTSD
    Complex PTSD is a proposed disorder than can occur after prolonged, repeated trauma. Describes the causes, symptoms, and treatment considerations for Complex PTSD.
  • Epidemiology of PTSD
    Explains epidemiology and important findings about PTSD including prevalence rates for different demographic or Veteran groups.
  • Overview of Psychotherapy for PTSD
    Reviews clinical practice guidelines for PTSD treatment. Includes discussion of research underlying unanimous support of cognitive behavioral therapies.
  • Clinician's Guide to Medications for PTSD
    Discusses specific groups of medications used for treating PTSD, medications and psychotherapy, common barriers to effective medication treatment, excessive medications, and other considerations.

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