Billable Medical Code for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Diagnosis Code for Reimbursement Claim: ICD-9-CM 309.81

Code will be replaced by October 2015 and relabeled as ICD-10-CM 309.81.

The Short Description Is: Posttraumatic stress dis.

Known As

PTSD is also known as acute post-trauma stress state, chronic post-traumatic stress disorder, concentration camp syndrome, posttraumatic stress disorder acute, and posttraumatic stress disorder chronic. This excludes acute stress disorder (308.3), posttraumatic brain syndrome: nonpsychotic (310.2), and psychotic (293.0-293.9). This applies to chronic posttraumatic stress disorder, concentration camp syndrome, posttraumatic stress disorder NOS, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

PTSD Definition and Symptoms

PTSD, or post traumatic stress disorder, is a mental disorder that is experienced after a traumatic event in a persons life that can have many negative emotional effects. Symptoms are case sensitive but some of the most common are recurrent memories of the event, nightmares, severe emotional distress, a lack of interest in things once enjoyed, avoiding places/people/things that may spark memories, irritability, difficulty maintaining relationships, avoiding the topic of the event, feeling emotionally numb, and having negative feelings about yourself or other people.