How do They Diagnose PTSD and DID?
If you served in Nam or the Middle East, you may have been diagnosed already with PTSD at the
Charleston, SC VA hospital. Another opinion and some alternatives to your treatment may
Or maybe you are on pins and needles for reasons you only vaguely recall, but are afraid to
go to bed, and when you do fall asleep nightmares wake you. You can't even be sure how old you are,
and maybe you do not remember big chunks of time.
In order to qualify for this diagnosis of PTSD in DSM-5, the person likely was exposed
to trauma related to death, serious injury or a sexual violation. Exposure in DSM-5 refers to
the patient experiencing it, witnessing it, learning of it, or having repetitive exposure to
details of it.
As a consequence, trauma survivors often have anxiety and depression, startle easily, experience
unexplained panic of flashbacks, nightmares, and avoid situations and predicaments that remind them
of the trauma.
For persons with a Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) there is often a loss of time, when
there is no memory (and not due to drinking or drugs). The personality is not very cohesive, and
instead some parts of the person are "specialists" at handling certain tasks and roles, that may be
unnacceptable or unacknowledged in the person seeking treatment, such as getting angry, saying "no"
Charleston SC PTSD Treatment
David John Berndt, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
180 Wentworth St.
You may be struggling with:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder;
Dissociative Identity Disorder;
Rape and Other Sexual Trauma;
PTSD due to Battle Trauma;
Anxiety and Panic Attacks;
Loss of Time and Feeling Unreal; or
Anger, Sensitivity and Easy Startle.