I have access to expertise on this topic. Hopefully the following will help.Thank you for your reply. Has this actually been confirmed by your T that it doesn't qualify anymore? Because...I think (obviously I'm not a professional, so really these are just my thoughts) things like heart attack etc. would qualify as "accidental"?
Because, otherwise...what constitutes "accidental"? Just actual, literal, accidents? Car, plane, work etc. ? Seems very very limiting. I'm not a native speaker but to me "accidental" implies "unexpected".
@joeylittle @Friday @Justmehere Any insight would be highly appreciated :)
@HealingMama Either way, I'm sorry this has happened to you because regardless of whether or not the event still qualifies under Criterion A, I'm more than certain it was very traumatic.
A catastrophic health crisis could be criterion A for the individual experiencing it. But a long-term difficult experience wouldn't be. So a pulmonary embolism counts as criterion A but a terminal cancer battle does not.
From a white paper published by Pai, Sirius and North in 2017 in the journal Behavioral Science:
"Medical incidents involving natural causes, such as a heart attack, no longer qualify (with the stated exception of life-threatening hemorrhage in one's child, as described in the text accompanying the criteria)."
My husband almost dying when he crashed my car into someone's front porch would meet criterion A, even though he didn't even go to the hospital. My father's unexpected fatal heart attack doesn't count. It's pretty invalidating for those of us that have the symptoms of trauma, but I work with therapists that don't get caught up in the labels and I don't get caught up in them either. I just want to get better.