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The WHO ICD-11 group for mental disorders specifically associated with stress has published a proposal for the new classification criteria for ICD-11 in the Lancet.
Mental disorders specifically associated with stress are exceptional in needing external events to have caused psychiatric symptoms for a diagnosis to be made. The specialty of stress-associated disorders is characterised by lively debates, including about the extent to which human suffering should be medicalised, 1
and the purported overuse of the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 2
Most common mental disorders are potentiated or exacerbated by stress and childhood adversity.
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