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.