Posttraumatic stress disorder in the dsm-5: Controversy, change, and conceptual considerations

Anushka Pai, Alina M. Suris, Carol S. North

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The criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD have changed considerably with the newest edition of the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Changes to the diagnostic criteria from the DSM-IV to DSM-5 include: The relocation of PTSD from the anxiety disorders category to a new diagnostic category named "Trauma and Stressor-related Disorders", the elimination of the subjective component to the definition of trauma, the explication and tightening of the definitions of trauma and exposure to it, the increase and rearrangement of the symptoms criteria, and changes in additional criteria and specifiers. This article will explore the nosology of the current diagnosis of PTSD by reviewing the changes made to the diagnostic criteria for PTSD in the DSM-5 and discuss how these changes influence the conceptualization of PTSD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7
JournalBehavioral Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2017


  • DSM-5
  • Diagnostic criteria
  • Nosology
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Psychiatric diagnosis
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Development
  • Genetics
  • Psychology(all)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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