Trauma Chat Episode 05

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In this week’s episode, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C, a trauma therapist, consultant and coach, explains the diagnosis of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as written in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition - also known as the DSM-5, the manual published by the American Psychiatric Association  that is used in the US to guide mental health diagnoses.

In this episode you will hear: 

  • Laura explains the diagnostic criteria that has to be met in order to confirm a PTSD diagnosis 
  • That people can have severe trauma symptoms that don’t meet the criteria for a PTSD diagnosis 
  • Laura gives examples of how various trauma symptoms may show up in our lives 
  • This information can be helpful for anyone who is wondering whether they are affected by trauma symptoms, even if their symptoms don’t meet the criteria for a full blown PTSD diagnosis (there are other trauma related diagnoses). 
  • This diagnosis has some limitations. 
  • In a future episode we will talk about the Complex PTSD Diagnosis that is not in the DSM but is in the ICD 

Resources for this Episode:

Link to DSM Diagnostic Criteria 

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Original Date

July 13, 2021

About the Host

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C is an integrative trauma therapist and owner of a group practice, the Baltimore Annapolis Center for Integrative Healing. She is also the host of Therapy Chat and Trauma Chat podcasts and the founder of the Trauma Therapist Network, a website for learning information about trauma and finding resources and help for trauma.

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