DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA FOR POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)
The person has experienced, or witnessed, or was confronted with an unusually traumatic event or events that involved a threat of death or serious injury, and the person felt intense fear or helplessness. Examples are found in veterans returning from war; people who have experienced a near fatal accident or one that involved a fatality; childhood abuse; sexual assault and domestic violence either experienced or witnessed as a child.
The person relives the event or has a numbing of general responsiveness as indicated below:
EMDR is the most powerful and well-researched tool for working with PTSD. Other methods that have been of benefit include Guided Visualization, Thought Field Therapy, Hypnosis, Yoga, Tai Chi, and Emotional Freedom Therapy.