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COVID-19 Pandemic and Criterion A

COVID-19 is a source of great stress and anxiety for individuals and communities around the world. How do we distinguish between stress and traumatic stress during the pandemic and beyond? This ISTSS Friday Fast Facts series will explore how conceptualizations of trauma during the pandemic relate to our definition of Criterion A trauma in the DSM-5. Look for new materials on COVID-19 and Criterion A every Friday in July 2021.

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Infographic: ISTSS COVID-19 Tools and Resources

What Constitutes A Trauma?
A Panel on Traumatic Stressors vs. Stress

The events of the past year have raised the question of how to distinguish stress from traumatic stress, especially with regard to the definition of Criterion A trauma in the DSM-5. This panel addresses this question in the context of two critically important events: (1) the COVID-19 pandemic and (2) the murder of George Floyd, which sharpened our focus on the stress and trauma experienced by Black people.

COVID-19: Traumatic Stressor or Stress?

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Global events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, impact people in different ways. This fact sheet reviews how to distinguish between stressful and traumatic events, identify factors that may influence our experience of these events, and understand the unique impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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