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RQ Vol. 33(4), 2022 by Sanne J.H. van Rooij, PHD; Paul E. Holtzheimer, MD

Editorial Director: : Paul Holtzheimer, MD
Bibliographic Editor: David Kruidenier, MLS
Managing Editor: Heather Smith, BA Ed


For patients to meet DSM-5 criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder, they must have experienced or witnessed a "Criterion A" trauma, i.e., an event or events involving "actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence." What qualifies as a Criterion A trauma has evolved over time, and appropriately categorizing events as traumatic or not can sometimes be confusing. In this thoughtful review, Drs. Husky, Merians, Pietrzak and Marx discuss the definition of Criterion A events specifically in the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic. They provide guidance for current clinicians and investigators and suggest potentially fruitful directions for future research and discussion.


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