Behavioral Definitions

1. Has experienced a traumatic event that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury and caused a reaction of intense fear or helplessness.

2. Experiences recurrent intrusive memories or dreams of the traumatic event.

3. Acts or feels as if the trauma were recurring.

4. Experiences intense distress when exposed to reminders of the trauma.

5. Avoids stimuli that trigger traumatic memories.

6. Experiences psychic numbing to avoid feelings or thoughts of the trauma.

7. Has periods of disassociation, or inability to remember parts of the trauma.

8. Reports persistent symptoms of increased autonomic arousal (e.g., difficulty sleeping, irritability, anger outbursts, difficulty concentrating, hyper-vigilance, exaggerated startle response).

9. Expresses verbal threats or displays physically violent behavior.

10. Demonstrates a pattern of intimate relationship, coworker, and authority conflict.

11. Engages in addictive behavior as an escape from pain that is associated with the trauma.

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