November 2014

PTSD MEMOIR - Part 3

PTSD is an unusual psychiatric diagnosis in many respects.  Most unusual is the first of the diagnostic criteria because it requires at least one of three specific events to have occurred to an individual to make the diagnosis.  DSM-5: “Exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence…”  It then offers a list of circumstances in which exposure must occur, but only requires one of them.  These are direct experiencing, witnessing in person this type of event occurring to someone else, learning that such an event occurred to a close family member or friend, or b

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PTSD MEMOIR - Part 2

If you happened to be in the East Village, New York, in 1967, you might have seen a haunted, frightened, skinny kid wandering the streets.  That would have been one of the homeless, ragtag kids passing by aimlessly.  On entering a quiet street, if he heard something behind him, he would jump, turning his head to check his back, looking for signs of danger.  He would study the stoops, stairways, and hidden corners before he passed them for signs of predatory life so that he might avoid it.

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