It seems that once final criteria was established for diagnosing PTSD, it was noted that in some cases, veterans had a variety of symptoms and even some functional impairment, but did not really fit the criteria for a full diagnosis.

While they may not have had a formal diagnosis of PTSD, they certainly did have some issues happening that required treatment and as a part of that, required a formal diagnosis for insurance billing.  The result was “partial” or “subthreshold” PTSD.

Partial PTSD claims three common symptoms in order for a diagnosis to be made.  These include some combination of symptoms, including:

  1. Re-experiencing the trauma
  2. Avoidance/numbing
  3. Hyperarousal

Studies through the National Center for PTSD indicate that partial PTSD is even more common that full PTSD.  Whether full or partial, getting treatment can make the difference between resuming a full and satisfying life and continuing to live in pain and psychological trauma.  Treatment can help!  The VA offers many avenues to get you started: classes, counselors, and even on-line trainings with quizzes and suggestions for how to cope with symptoms.

Having PTSD can make your life miserable, but there is hope.  For more information, go to:


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