Such presentations are marked by negative cognitions and mood states as well as disruptive (e.g. angry, impulsive, reckless and self-destructive) behavioral symptoms. Although this formulation is attractive to clinicians dealing with individuals who have been repeatedly traumatized, scientific evidence in support of the complex PTSD formulation is sparse and inconsistent. Clinical experience with the PTSD diagnosis has shown, however, that there are individual differences regarding the capacity to cope with catastrophic stress. These assessment techniques have been used in the epidemiological studies mentioned above and in other research protocols. Functional brain imaging suggests excessive amygdala activity and reduced activation of the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus. Finally reckless and self-destructive behavior such as impulsive acts, unsafe sex, reckless driving and suicidal behavior are newly included in DSM-5, as Criterion E2. The «F» or duration criterion specifies that symptoms must persist for at least one month before PTSD may be diagnosed.
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