Complex PTSD: A syndrome in survivors of prolonged and repeated trauma

  title={Complex PTSD: A syndrome in survivors of prolonged and repeated trauma},
  author={Judith Lewis Herman},
  journal={Journal of Traumatic Stress},
  • J. Herman
  • Published 1992
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Traumatic Stress
This paper reviews the evidence for the existence of a complex form of post-traumatic disorder in survivors of prolonged, repeated trauma. This syndrome is currently under consideration for inclusion in DSM-IV under the name of DESNOS (Disorders of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified). The current diagnostic formulation of PTSD derives primarily from observations of survivors of relatively circumscribed traumatic events. This formulation fails to capture the protean sequelae of prolonged… 

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