icd 10 Code For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Review

February 2, 2017

Normally, people who have traumatic events do not supposed to experience some things such as intrusive memories or nightmares. However, traumatic events often attack some people badly. It is still unusual to have some nightmares, flashbacks, or intrusive memories for people who have experienced traumatic events, shocking or scary. If that thing happens to you, it means that you have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is clear that PTSD is a mental health problem that develops after experiencing life-threatening event such as combat, natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.

The International Classification of Diseases, tenth revision (ICD-10) is like a system which has some advantages especially in diagnose diseases. It serves some codes for kinds of diseases. The ICD-10 coded this mental health problem in its system. The ICD-10 code for PTSD is F43.12. This specific code can be found through some code classification such as mental and behavioural disorders (F00-F99), and anxiety, dissociative, stress-related, somatoform and other nonpsychotic mental disorders (F40-F48). After that, we could directly find icd 10 code for PTSD which written as reaction to severe stress, and adjustment disorders.

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Factors Affected PTSD

Actually, PTSD can happen to anyone but there are a number of factors that can increase the chance of having PTSD such as:

  • Having a very intense (long-lasting) traumatic event
  • Getting injured during the dangerous event
  • Less of social support after experience traumatic event
  • Age and gender also affect whether or not a person will develop PTSD

Symptoms of PTSD

Cannot sleep, feel on edge are normal after upsetting memories happen but if they do not disappear suddenly, it will be PTSD. Actually, each person experiences symptoms in their own way but we have some common types of symptoms such as:

  • Re-experiencing symptoms: Having bad memories or nightmares. You will feel like you are in the same event again or also called as flashback.
  • Avoiding situations: Someone who avoid talking and thinking about the traumatic event may be in PTSD. Those are their way to avoid situation or people that trigger the memories.
  • Negative beliefs and feelings: Your mindset, the way you think about some cases or to others can change. It is signed by cannot trust anyone in this world. You may hard to be happy.
  • Hyperarousal: This type of symptom is signed by trouble in concentrating or sleeping, easy to get angry and act in unhealthy ways.
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