Questions for PTSD in DSM-III

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HNRS 2000, Sections 6-10 Fall, 2015 READING QUESTIONS “PTSD in DSM-III: A Case in the Politics of Diagnosis and Disease” By Wilbur J. Scot http://www.politicalbubbles.net/PTSD_Case_Study.pdf Thursday, 12 November 1. Scott claims that his story is important to tell for two reasons. What is his story and why does he say that it is important to tell? In what ways was the process of PTSD becoming an official diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (3 rd Edition: DSM-III) “profoundly political”? 2. Why might the authors of DSM-I (1950) have defined Gross Stress Reaction as an immediate and transient response to extreme stress in spite of evidence that the syndrome could appear in a delayed form and could be long-lasting? 3. What were the attitudes toward “shell shock” in World War I, “combat fatigue” in
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Unformatted text preview: World War II, and psychiatric disorders in the wars in Korea and Vietnam? 4. What does the dropping of Gross Stress Reaction from DSM-II (1968) in the middle of the Vietnam War tell us about the process of refining a diagnostic system? 5. Why were mental health professionals treating veterans in the 1960s reluctant to believe stories about US troops engaging in atrocities such as the massacre of rural villagers at My Lai, South Vietnam? 6. Did the advocates for PTSD succeed because they were more politically competent and luckier or did they succeed because they were pursuing a true and just cause? 7. According to the author (a sociologist), what are the implications of the history of PTSD and DSM-III for science and medicine?...
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