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How is posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosed?

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PTSD is not diagnosed until at least one month has passed since the time a traumatic event has occurred. If symptoms of PTSD are present, the doctor will begin an evaluation by performing a complete medical history and physical exam. Although there are no lab tests to specifically diagnose PTSD, the doctor may use various tests to rule out physical illness as the cause of the symptoms.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness. 

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on August 4, 2020

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National Alliance on Mental Illness. 

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on August 4, 2020

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