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    Psychiatric point of view - understanding a sentence

    Hello, I am trying to understand a paragraph:

    The most recent reformulation of post-traumatic stress disorder in the fourth edition of DSM-IV make it still easier to qualify for the diagnosis by widening the definition of traumatic stressors to include the experience of hearing the news that something bad has happened to someone to whom one is close. from a psychiatric point of view the problems with the disorder are unconnected to the nature or degree of the events that supposedly provoked it. Psychiatric assessment of the factors associated with a clinical disorder might commonly include retrospective attribution to biological vulnerability and life experiences.

    I don't understand this:
    From a psychiatric point of view the problems with the disorder are unconnected to the nature or degree of the events that supposedly provoked it. Psychiatric assessment of the factors associated with a clinical disorder might commonly include retrospective attribution to biological vulnerability and life experiences.

    From one side, there is no connection between the events and the effect after that.
    But the psychiatric assessment has this: "life experiences" - is it not like events?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Psychiatric point of view - understanding a sentence

    "From a psychiatric point of view the problems with the disorder are unconnected to the nature or degree of the events that supposedly provoked it."

    You can make the diagnosis and prescribe treatment without fear of censure by your College, even if you cannot make a plausible connection between the symptoms and the supposed causes.
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    Re: Psychiatric point of view - understanding a sentence

    Where did you find this paragraph? It doesn't seem well-expressed to me. The wider context might explain why it sounds a bit wrong.

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    Re: Psychiatric point of view - understanding a sentence

    The passage is from "Making Trauma" by Bahman Husseini, Samuel Maynard Publishing, London, 2011. Samuel Maynard is not a publishing house. This work appears to be a popularization of science at best. The online publication data give no indication of the author's academic credentials. There is scant trace of Samuel Maynard online. Their main thing seems to be that they provide "culturally specific" psychiatric and psychological care. Very far from actual science IMHO.
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    Re: Psychiatric point of view - understanding a sentence

    probus,
    The online publication data give no indication of the author's academic credentials.

    Why does "give" not add the "s" the end? Is it a singular?

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    Re: Psychiatric point of view - understanding a sentence

    In the original Latin, data was a plural noun, and some of us used to try to adhere to that in English. Nowadays, data is usually used as a singular noun, but the plural usage still exists. Long and short of it, I'm just a dinosaur.
    Last edited by probus; 09-Jun-2015 at 05:23.

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