Newest Diagnostic Standards For PTSD May Miss Previously Diagnosed Individuals
It has been over a year since the release of the DSM-5, and data shows there is still a need to work ensure some individuals don’t fall through gaps created by the latest revisions. A review published in The Lancet Psychiatry highlights an apparent discrepancy between the previous version of the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) definition in DSM-IV and the newer DSM-5 which is causing some previously diagnosed individuals to no longer fit the criteria.
The review focused on soldiers previously diagnosed with PTSD. While only a marginal number of individuals were found to no longer fit the criteria according to newer standards, it is important to work in transitioning them and providing them the proper new diagnosis or guaranteeing they aren’t allowed to go without the help they still need.
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