5 things we’ve learned about PTSD since 9/11

Task & Purpose magazine writer Alice Vitiello lists five things experts have learned about PTSD since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

PTSD is no longer regarded as a disorder but as a normal reaction to abnormal events.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is treatable and not a life sentence. Treatments are advancing and a great many studies are being done on better ways to treat PTSD.

Diagnosing PTSD has changed — now four major symptom clusters are being considered when making a PTSD diagnosis, and treatment can be targeted towards specific symptom clusters —  re-experiencing, arousal, avoidance, and persistent negative cognition and mood changes.

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