Simplifying complex PTSD: Comment on Resick et al. (2012)

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  • Richard A. Bryant

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    1. School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, 2052, Australia
    • School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, 2052, Australia.
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Abstract

Although constructs related to complex posttraumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) have been discussed for many years, the field still lacks reliable and standardized definitions to guide research in this field. This comment responds to the article by Resick et al. (2012), who conclude that CPTSD lacks sufficient support to be recognized as a diagnosis. Even though there is no doubt that research is lacking, this comment argues that the key to progressing the field is introducing a standardized definition that will allow researchers to understand CPTSD in relation to other trauma-related disorders, identify key mechanisms driving the condition, and further treatment programs specifically for patients with CPTSD.

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