Posttraumatic stress disorder: a history and a critique

  title={Posttraumatic stress disorder: a history and a critique},
  author={Nancy C. Andreasen},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
  • N. Andreasen
  • Published 1 October 2010
  • Psychology
  • Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Although posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is sometimes considered to be a relatively new diagnosis, as the name first appeared in 1980, the concept of the disorder has a very long history. That history has often been linked to the history of war, but the disorder has also been frequently described in civilian settings involving natural disasters, mass catastrophes, and serious accidental injuries. The diagnosis first appeared in the official nomenclature when Diagnostic and Statistical… 
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