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Is it possible to develop ptsd by just reading violent books and watching violent media?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Shaayestah Merchant
Clinical Psychology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Diagnostic Criteria
To actually meet diagnostic criteria for ptsd one has to have actually experienced a traumatic event.
So after watching a violent movie while one could experience symptoms similar to posstrauma symptoms like anxiety, nightmares, hypervigilance, etc. One will likely not receive a formal diagnosis of ptsd. Therapy will help anyway even if the symptoms exist without a traumatic event. Feel better!

In brief: Diagnostic Criteria
To actually meet diagnostic criteria for ptsd one has to have actually experienced a traumatic event.
So after watching a violent movie while one could experience symptoms similar to posstrauma symptoms like anxiety, nightmares, hypervigilance, etc. One will likely not receive a formal diagnosis of ptsd. Therapy will help anyway even if the symptoms exist without a traumatic event. Feel better!
Dr. Shaayestah Merchant
Dr. Shaayestah Merchant
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not likely
Reading books would would be a quite unlikely source of ptsd.
Watching movies might, but probably only if the person was already sensitized to the type of trauma being shown. I had a patient sexually traumatized as a young child who had ptsd after watching silence of the lambs. I doubt strongly she would have had that reaction to reading the book.

In brief: Not likely
Reading books would would be a quite unlikely source of ptsd.
Watching movies might, but probably only if the person was already sensitized to the type of trauma being shown. I had a patient sexually traumatized as a young child who had ptsd after watching silence of the lambs. I doubt strongly she would have had that reaction to reading the book.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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In brief: Maybe
It's not very likely.
But, everyone is different. Some people may be "sensitive" enough to do so.

In brief: Maybe
It's not very likely.
But, everyone is different. Some people may be "sensitive" enough to do so.
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
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