Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Nov 06, 2015
  • Author: T Allen Gore, MD, MBA, CMCM, DFAPA; Chief Editor: Iqbal Ahmed, MBBS, FRCPsych(UK)  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Acute stress disorder

Adjustment disorder

Malingering (must be excluded)

Mood disorder with psychotic features

Psychotic disorders caused by a general medical condition

Substance-induced disorders

A review of PTSD trials in refugees suggested that PTSD may be a culture-specific diagnosis. [17] Care must be taken by a health care professional when applying this diagnosis to people from non-Western cultures where the diagnosis has not been validated and standard PTSD assessments have not been adapted to express non-Western concepts of disorder and idioms of distress.

Differential Diagnoses