Oldham: APA Considering Separate DSM-5 Category For PTSD Resulting From Combat Stress.

Bloomberg News (3/11, Ratnam, Cortez) reported, “Some in the military have questioned whether the name ‘post-traumatic stress disorder,’ designated by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980, carries its own stigma that discourages service members from seeking help and brands them as unstable.” Now, “as an alternative to changing the name, the psychiatric association is considering creating a separate category for PTSD that results from combat stress, said John Oldham, the group’s president and chief of staff at the Menninger Clinic in Houston. The new combat category may be included next year in the fifth edition of the association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).”

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