Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Law and Legal Definition

Post traumatic stress disorder refers to a mental disorder that result from an extreme traumatic stress. A Post traumatic stress disorder becomes a mental disorder only if it meets these six criteria:

A. Exposure to an extremely stressful traumatic event that involves personal experience with actual or threatened death or serious injury;

B. A response of fear, helplessness or horror;

C. Repeated re-experiencing of the event;

D. Persistent symptoms of increased arousal";

E. Symptoms last for at least 30 days; and

F. Clinically significant impairment in important areas of functioning.