Public Service Announcement: Post-Christmas Stress Disorder (PCSD)

Going back to 2005, I have been warning blog readers about the scourge of Post-Christmas Stress Disorder. Sadly, this malady did not make it into the latest edition of the psychiatric manual, DSM-V. I am convinced that the omission of PCSD is one of the significant weaknesses of the new edition. PCSD resembles Pre-Christmas Stress Disorder and some people just have Christmas Stress Disorder. In most cases, PCSD spontaneously remits but in severe cases, intervention is warranted. Through research … [Read more...]

Public Service Announcement: Post-Christmas Stress Disorder (PCSD)

Now that Christmas is past, I suspect symptoms of Post-Christmas Stress Disorder will be observed frequently (don’t ask what frequently means, just go with me here). Be sure to seek treatment at the first signs of trouble.Diagnostic Criteria for 311.5x Post-Christmas Stress DisorderA. Four (or more) of the following symptoms have been present during the same two-week period and represent a change from previous functioning. The individual:(1) refuses to take down Christmas decorations … [Read more...]

Post-Christmas Stress Disorder – Signs and symptoms

Now that Christmas is past, I suspect symptoms of Post-Christmas Stress Disorder will be observed frequently (no, don't ask what frequently means, just go with me here). Be sure to seek treatment at the first signs of trouble.Diagnostic Criteria for 311.5x Post-Christmas Stress DisorderA. Four (or more) of the following symptoms have been present during the same two-week period and represent a change from previous functioning. The individual:(1) refuses to take down Christmas … [Read more...]


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