1. Behavioral or emotional symptoms must develop in response to an identifiable event(s) and occur within three months of the onset of that event(s) / stressor(s).
2. These behaviors or symptoms must be clinically significant as evidenced by at least one of the following:
|A. After exposure to the event(s) / stressor(s), the behavioral or emotional symptoms seem in excess of what would be normally expected.|
|B. Significant social, functioning, or occupational impairment..|
3. The disturbance does not meet the criteria for another specific Axis I disorder or is not part of a preexisting Axis I or Axis II disorder.
4. The behavioral or emotional symptoms do not represent Bereavement.
5. Once the event(s) / stressor(s) has terminated, the symptoms do not last more than an additional six months.
Acute: Last less than six months.
Chronic: Last for six months or longer. By definition the disturbance can not last longer then six months. Only use the chronic specifier if the disturbance is in response to a chronic event(s) / stressor(s).