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The Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders: Diagnostic Descriptions

Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, RMT, edited by C. E. Zupanick, Psy.D.

The ways that unhealed trauma, abuse, adverse life experiences, and grief can play out are unique to each person. The lingering effects of trauma can also affect family and loved ones trying to offer support. Being a family member, friend, or colleague of someone who is struggling with the aftereffects of trauma can be draining; yes, even traumatic. For instance, if you are serving in this supportive role, you may notice you have some of same symptoms we've been discussing. Treatment professionals who regularly encounter trauma in their workplace should take special precautions to evaluate themselves and colleagues for workplace trauma-stress.

Trauma is a very subjective experience that affects people differently. Some of this variability is due to individual brain functioning. In the previous section we reviewed the various clusters of trauma-related symptoms. In this section we will look at the pattern of symptoms that form individual diagnoses.

This section is meant to be an informative guide only. It is not intended for self-diagnosis. These diagnostic summaries are only meant for educational purposes, not diagnostic ones. If you believe that these patterns of symptoms describe you or someone you love, seek out a professional opinion by a treatment provider who understands trauma .