Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):
The term Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was introduced in 1980 as a diagnostic category, along with the publication of the DSM-III. There is made a distinction between a so-called type I trauma and a type II trauma.
Type I Trauma
The term Type I Trauma describes a unique, unexpected, short-lasting traumatizing event such as a traffic accident.
Type II Trauma
Type II Trauma on the other hand describes repeated or prolonged traumatic experiences such as a long-lasting sexual abuse.
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