1a. Commentaries

  1. Dan J. Stein MD, PhD3,4,
  2. Matthew J. Friedman MD5,6 and
  3. Carlos Blanco MD, PhD7
  1. Chris R. Brewin1,
  2. Elie G. Karam1 and
  3. Alexander C. McFarlane2

Published Online: 15 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119998471.ch1a

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

How to Cite

Brewin, C. R., Karam, E. G. and McFarlane, A. C. (2011) Commentaries, in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (eds D. J. Stein, M. J. Friedman and C. Blanco), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119998471.ch1a

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

  2. 4

    Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA

  3. 5

    Department of Psychiatry and of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Dartmouth Medical School, USA

  4. 6

    National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Hanover, NH, USA

  5. 7

    Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Clinical Educational and Health Psychology, University College London, London, UK

  2. 2

    University of Adelaide Node, Centre for Military and Veterans' Health, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 29 JUL 2011

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470688977

Online ISBN: 9781119998471



  • walking the line, defining PTSD - comprehensiveness versus core features;
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual III (DSM-III);
  • Friedman noting, tension between - formulating Criterion A, benefiting from trauma-focused treatment;
  • additional PTSD symptoms to diagnosis - clinicians alert, to self-blame and risk-taking behaviour;
  • trauma-related disorders - in clinical and legal settings;
  • risk factors, automatically not thought of - as explaining emergence of any disorder;
  • PTSD, covering trauma-related disorders - in forensic setting;
  • redefining PTSD in DSM-5 – conundrums, potentially unintended risks;
  • gatekeeper to PTSD, DSM-IV - avoidance criterion, symptoms with lowest rates of endorsement;
  • proposed avoidance criterion - false-negative rates for PTSD, in emergency service


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Walking the Line in Defining PTSD: Comprehensiveness Versus Core Features

  • Trauma-Related Disorders in the Clinical and Legal Settings

  • Redefining PTSD in DSM-5: Conundrums and Potentially Unintended Risks