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Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 1993 (Act No. 130 of 1993)

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Circular Instruction No. 172 - Compensation for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

2. How diagnosis is made


The internationally accepted diagnostic criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (at any given time) should be used to make the diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The diagnostic tools available are the latest publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders referred to as DSM and the International Classification of Diseases, known as ICD. All suspected Post Traumatic Stress Disorder cases must be referred to a psychiatrist for assessment within one month from the date of suspected diagnosis. Only a psychiatrist should confirm the diagnosis of PTSD. The Medical Officers in the Compensation Office will determine if the diagnosis was made according to acceptable medical standards.