According to the National Center for PTSD, the fifth revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is scheduled to be released in May 2013.
Changes in the diagnostic criteria for PTSD and Acute Stress Disorder will take into account lessons learned from scientific research and clinical experience. Here are some quick facts regarding the prevalance of PTSD among various era-centric Veteran populations:
- Estimated lifetime prevalance of PTSD among a same of 3,016 Vietnam Veterans revealed 30.9% for men and 26.9% for women
- PTSD among Gulf War Veterans showed a 12.1% prevalance among a 11,441 sample; for the total Gulf War Veteran population, the estimation was 10.1%
- For Veterans of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM, the prevalance rate from a 1,938 sample was 13.8%
The upcoming revisions make changes to a couple of things:
- Symptoms will remain mostly the same; a few will be added and some revised
- The criterion (A2) regarding fear, helplessless, or horror occuring right after the trauma will be removed
- Diagnosis is proposed to move from the class of anxiety disorders to a new class of “trauma and stressor-related disorders”
- Assessment measures for PTSD will undergo revisions and will be released with the revision
So, what does this mean for Veterans? Because the DSM-V is a few months out, it may take some time to make its way through the system.
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