This Special Communication argues against changing the definition of posttraumatic stress disorder in DSM-5.
Are changes to the definition of posttraumatic stress disorder in DSM-5 a step forward?—No.
Article InformationCorresponding Author: Charles W. Hoge, MD, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, US Army Medical Research and Material Command, 503 Robert Grant Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (email@example.com).Submitted for Publication: September 15, 2015; final revision received January 13, 2016; accepted January 15, 2016.
Published Online: May 25, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.0647.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr McFarlane is involved in expert testimony about veterans and emergency service personnel. Dr Rothbaum owns equity in Virtually Better Inc, which creates virtual-reality products. No other disclosures were reported.
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