The Psychiatrist’s Role in Evaluating Psychic Injury

  • Seymour L. Halleck
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


The role of stress as a determinant of psychiatric symptomatology is well documented.1 Variables related to an individual’s preexisting biological and psychological vulnerabilities will, of course, play a key role in determining if he is damaged by a particular stress. But a recent stress itself is usually a partial and necessary cause of most emotional disorders. The law is not designed to provide remedies for individuals who may be damaged by the ordinary stresses of everyday life. It has, however, paid considerable attention to damage created by the behavior of individuals who are at fault and stress another person, either intentionally or through negligent conduct.


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Expert Witness Negligence Rule Psychic Trauma Negligent Conduct 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Seymour L. Halleck
    • 1
  1. 1.University of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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