Saving PTSD from itself in DSM-V

Robert L. Spitzer, Michael B. First, Jerome C. Wakefield

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Papers in this special issue of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders concern critical issues and core assumptions that underlie the diagnostic construct of posttraumatic stress disorder. Rather than addressing specific points raised in these papers, we consider the issues and their implications for redefining PTSD and associated disorders in the DSM-V. Specific proposals are advanced to tighten definitional criteria for traumatic events and posttraumatic symptoms. We believe the more stringent criteria express the intent of the PTSD category and will promote more effective research on whether that intent was legitimate or based on misconceptions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-241
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2007


  • Acute stress disorder
  • DSM-V
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


Dive into the research topics of 'Saving PTSD from itself in DSM-V'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this