Complex PTSD: Implications for DSM-5

Complex PTSD:  Implications for DSM-5

In their invited article, Resick and collegues review the complex posttraumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) literature. CPTSD has been proposed as a diagnosis for capturing the diverse clusters of symptoms observed in survivors of prolonged trauma that are outside the current definition of PTSD. Introducing a new diagnosis requires a high standard of evidence, including a clear definition of the disorder, reliable and valid assessment measures, support for convergent and discriminantalidity, and incremental validity with respect to implications for treatment planning and outcome. They conclude that available evidence does not support a new diagnostic category at this time, and suggest some directions for future research.

Resick, P. A., Bovin, M. J., Calloway, A. L., Dick, A. M., King, M. W., Mitchell, K. S., … Wolf, E. J. (2012). A critical evaluation of the complex PTSD literature: implications for DSM-5. Journal of traumatic stress, 25(3), 241–251. doi:10.1002/jts.21699