1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

HERE ARE SOME THINGS EVERY
OFFICER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE

DIAGNOSTIC AND STATISTICAL MANUAL OF MENTAL DISORDERS
FOURTH EDITION
DSM-IV
Published by the
American Psychiatric Association
Washington D.C.

DSM-IV
309.81 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Diagnostic Features

The essential feature of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is the development of characteristic symptoms following exposure to an extreme traumatic stress involving direct personal experience of an event that involves actual or threatened death or serious injury, or other threat to one's physical integrity; or witnessing an event that involves death, injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of another person;

Glossary
309.81: This is the actually number for the diagnosis, e.g., DSM-IV 309.81

Exposure: Many clinicians ASSUME that because exposure to death and destruction is a usual part of the job, that it does not effect law enforcement people. Often, they need to be advised of the facts.

Witnessing: Being a witness to these events is a major factor in the onset of PTSD symptoms.

Additional commentary
Note: This is know as an "Axis I" (it's the main set of symptoms/problems) diagnosis. But, you can also have a diagnosis of Depression, say, as the MAIN diagnosis, with a secondary, Axis I, as PTSD.

If your doctor doesn't put 309.81, PTSD, somewhere in the Axis I diagnosis, he or she is saying you don't have PTSD--this will effect how your case is handled by everyone from the Clinical staff, to the Insurance, to your agency. So be aware of what is put down as your Axis I Diagnosis.



Mission| Home| Post Traumatic Stress Disorder-PTSD
Critical Incident Debriefing| Advanced Stress Management 

NEW Firefighter EMS Advanced Stress Workbook

Alerts
Dr. Sanders has
a new email address.
Click on the link below
for contact.

Email: TheCopdoc@comcast.net

Copyright (C) Sanders Forensic Publications, Inc. 2004-2005