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Running Head: PTSD DIAGNOSIS
Explanation of Whether the Client in the Case Study has PTSD
Firstly, PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that occurs when a person experiences or witnesses
a traumatic event like a natural disaster, terrorist attack, serious accident, rape, and other personal
assaults. The client in the case study has PTSD because she is recovering from a particularly
traumatic event. She says, “I’m feeling a little better.” Apart from stating that she feels better, the
client reveals some symptoms of PTSD that clearly tells that she has the disorder.
DSM-5 diagnosing criteria for PTSD is useful for showing that the client has the disorder.
Criteria A for DSM-5 PTSD suggests that a person who is exposed to events that involve death or
death-threatening may develop the disorder (APA, 2013). In this regard, the client witnessed the
traumatic event as it occurred to other people. She says that she was walking home w...
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