The Influence of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder to the Legal System

The Influence of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder to the Legal System

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Posttraumatic stress disorder diagnosis and its implementation in the judicial system has been a source of considerable controversy. In terms of civil law, a diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder is recognition that an external event can be the direct cause of a mental disorder. In the criminal law system, posttraumatic stress disorder is perhaps unique among psychiatric problems in that it is invoked by both the prosecution and the defence.

Legal Issues on Diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder
* Civil Law
* Criminal Law
* Forensic Cases

Civil Law
The most common use of a PTSD diagnosis in civil law is to obtain some form of personal injury compensation. The rationale is that the development of posttraumatic stress disorder following an event that was not the person’s fault is a just reason for that individual to be compensated for their psychological suffering by whoever is responsible for the event’s occurrence.

The diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder represents the culmination in a lengthy history of the concept of mental injury as a compensatable category within the legal system. Conditions that today would be regarded as psychiatric problems appeared in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as physical disorders.

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However, as the availability of compensation for mental disorders has become more widespread, there has been a concomitant increase in levels of suspicion about the validity of symptoms reported by traumatized individuals. This is because of the perceived possibility that the posttraumatic stress disorder that they present with is motivated by material gain.

A clear prediction for those who claim that posttraumatic stress disorder is usually nothing more than a form of compensation neurosis would be that, once litigation has been completed, the symptoms would quickly disappear. However, the available evidence seems to indicate that this is not the case. One could even turn such arguments about compensation neurosis on their head by suggesting that the effects of the litigation process on trauma survivors are so sufficiently distressing as to turn a number of people away from litigation, even in situations where they have a perfectly justified case.

The idea that litigation may influence core posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms through a process of traumatization in this way is gathering considerable currency in the current literature. Posttraumatic stress disorder patients pursuing litigation are required to confront their traumatic history during interviews with lawyers and consultants, in the making of statements, and in courtroom testimony. This compromises their characteristic efforts at avoidance of trauma-related information and predictably can result in the resurgence of intrusive thoughts, images and dreams, as well as increased hyperarousal.

The adversarial system of justice will pit the plaintiff once again against the defendant who may have been perceived by the victim as the cause of the trauma. This may exacerbate any sense that a posttraumatic stress disorder patient has of vulnerability and victimization. Finally, a trauma victim who invariably has already sustained major loss as a result of the original traumatic event, will also be taking a financial and personal risk when pursuing litigation because a positive outcome is not always guaranteed.

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Criminal Law
Controversy concerning the diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder is not only a function of civil law. Increasingly, the dissociative states that are associated with posttraumatic stress disorder have been used as part of criminal defences against a number of offences. Almost the only way that posttraumatic stress disorder can qualify a defendant for any such kind of defence is for the disorder to have manifested itself at the time of the crime in a full-blown dissociative state or flashback.

The defendant would then have the burden of proving that he or she lost contact with reality for a short period whilst the crime was committed. Despite the appeal of posttraumatic stress disorder to criminal defence lawyers, an insanity defence has historically been mostly unsuccessful. Posttraumatic stress disorder is a better candidate for a diminished capacity defence, in which the distress at the time of the trauma has compromised the individual’s ability for rational thought and behavior.

In addition to being used by the defence in this way within criminal law, posttraumatic stress disorder has been called upon by the prosecution in a number of cases as evidence that a crime of some sort must have been committed. The argument goes that the existence of posttraumatic stress disorder is evidence for the existence of the trauma and that is evidence for the existence of a crime.

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Forensic Cases
Appraising posttraumatic stress disorder is an extremely sensitive issue when criminal or civil legal outcomes are riding on the diagnosis and there are two major and somewhat contradictory problems facing the assessor in a potential posttraumatic stress disorder case in the forensic arena. The first is the fact that the genuine trauma survivor is likely to under-report symptoms and distress as a function of efforts to avoid recollections of the trauma and discussion of the problems that have ensued as a result of it.

The spectre of possible faked posttraumatic stress disorder cases means that some individuals may present with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms that are overstatements or complete fabrications in relation to how they actually feel. Even the use of open-ended initial questions is not proof against falsification of symptoms. The symptoms for posttraumatic stress disorder are widely available and somebody could just trot them out in their own words upon the appropriate cue.

A tool that a good assessor might use is to insist on clear and detailed illustrations of each symptom. Knowing what the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder are is one thing, but being able to illustrate each symptom with details from one’s own autobiography is an altogether more complicated issue. A good interviewer should therefore pick up on the fact that spontaneous illustrations of symptoms that the claimant has made up will have a vague, undetailed and stilted quality.

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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Mental Injuries
Compensation & PTSD: Consequences for Symptoms and Treatment
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Assessment and Diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Definition of Dissociation for People With PTSD
Dissociative Subtype of PTSD
Reexperiencing/Hyperaroused and Dissociative States in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

The Onset of Psychiatric Diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

The Onset of Psychiatric Diagnosis of PostTraumatic Stress Disorder

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We have discussed PTSD as though it has dependably been with us. PTSD has just been a formal psychiatric diagnosis since 1980. The way that presentation to overwhelmingly unnerving occasions can prompt psychological distress has been around in the common sense database of human information for thousands of years.

Psychiatry and psychology as callings have been unquestionably irresolute about the truth of whether the experience of specific occasions can forever and essentially modify individuals’ mental health. Prickly inquiries, for example, regardless of whether posttraumatic stress is physical or psychological, whether the trauma causes the issues or the issues are an element of pretrauma vulnerabilities, or whether posttraumatic stress patients are malingering or some way or another inadequate in character.

A watershed in our comprehension of the relationship of trauma to the mind happened around the end of the nineteenth century and the start of the twentieth century. As of now, two patriarchs of the psychotherapy world, Pierre Janet and Sigmund Freud, both defined thoughts regarding the connection amongst trauma and the brain.

Pierre Janet depicted a sum of 591 patients and announced a traumatic reason for their issues in 257 of them. Janet contended that when individuals experienced overpowering feelings, their brains might be not able fit this unnerving traumatic experience into their current mental representation of the world.

Accordingly, the memories of the experience won’t be coordinated into the individual’s own particular awareness and, rather, these memories will be separated from or separated from cognizance and, subsequently, from any deliberate control. Trauma, at that point, waits in memory inside the oblivious and barges in when the individual’s psychological resistances are powerless or traded off.

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Breuer and Freud drew on this work of Janet in their renowned book Studies on Hysteria. They contended that ‘Hysterics experience the ill effects of memories. The traumatic experience keeps on affecting on the patient. Through these meddling memories the patient moves toward becoming focused on the trauma. Afterward, Freud was to focus all the more particularly on instances of alleged hysteria where he broadly and dubiously contended that a gifted experience of sexual relations, coming about because of sexual mishandle conferred by someone else, is the particular reason for hysteria.

This apparently awesome progress in our comprehension of the idea of the brain, pioneered by Freud, was, nonetheless, turned on its head inside a couple of years when Freud abandoned what had come to be known as the seduction hypothesis and expressed, interestingly, that hysteria in adults was an element of dreams about early sexual experiences, instead of a consequence of genuine sexual experiences.

Following the two World Wars in the twentieth century there were brief restorations of the view that there is a connection between honest to goodness trauma and psychological distress. Nonetheless, notwithstanding when he was looked with indisputable proof that the experiences of psychologically distressed soldiers coming back from the front with shell stun had their starting points in bona fide trauma, as opposed to in some type of imagination, Freud stayed unconvinced and ended up proposing two speculations of posttraumatic stress.

One depended on what he called excruciating circumstances, for example, combat, and the other on what he called ‘unsatisfactory impulses’, which does not need its sources in bona fide trauma. This qualification was helped by the view that hysteria was fundamentally an issue endured by women though combat stress was endured primarily by men.

From the earliest starting point of the twentieth century until the 1970s, the recommendation that posttraumatic stress was a real psychological response to outside occasions was advanced by just a couple of lone voices, for example, Kardiner. Undoubtedly, it was not until the development of the women’s movement, joined with swathes of traumatized soldiers coming back from the American war in Vietnam, that a resurgence in commitment to the possibility that psychological distress can have its starting point in outside traumatic occasions came to fruition.

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In 1974, Anne Burgess and Linda Holstrom at the Boston City Hospital in the US first depicted what they called ‘rape trauma syndrome’, taking note of that the experiences of flashbacks, bad dreams and nosy contemplations and pictures looked like the traumatic neuroses of war that had been portrayed by Kardiner and his associates.

At around a similar time, deliberate work on battered children and family savagery started to be done. Step by step, the boundless sexual mishandle of children and the decimation that it caused came to be documented. In spite of this, a main US textbook of psychiatry in 1980 still guaranteed that incest happened to less than one out of a million women and that its effect was not especially harming.

Advances in our comprehension of trauma and a more prominent spotlight on the poisonous impacts of childhood sexual mishandle as an element of the women’s movement were paralleled in another domain by the development of RAP groups comprising of as of late returned Vietnam veterans.

In these RAP groups, veterans discussed their war experiences and started to dig into the literature of Kardiner and different psychiatrists who had worked with trauma victims from the First and Second World Wars. In light of these experiences, the RAP groups made a rundown of the 27 most common manifestations of traumatic stress that were accounted for in the literature and contrasted these and more than 700 clinical records of Vietnam veterans. Through this procedure they could whittle down the indication rundown to what they viewed as the most basic elements.

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The Dissociation Theory of Pierre Janet
Janet and Freud: Revealing the Roots of Dynamic Psychiatry
A Neglected Intellectual Heritage
Studies on Hysteria
Post-traumatic Stress: The History of a Concept
Toward an Understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Victim Impact

Exposure Treatment and Therapy of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder PTSD

Exposure Treatment and Therapy of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder PTSD

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In considering treatment intercession in instances of PTSD, it is shrewd to venture back and take a fairly more extensive perspective of the area of trauma response when all is said in done. Managing psychological distress following trauma falls into three stages:

* First, there is the prompt aftermath of the trauma when psychosocial parts of individual care can be organized, questioning and education about the conceivable results of trauma can be given, and screening of potential long-term issues can occur.

* Second, there is progressing longer-term help including treatment of particular issue, for example, PTSD with psychological therapies.

* Finally, there are likewise the longer-term parts of psychosocial mind, for example, the setting up of survivor groups and other such effort administrations.

Exposure Therapy
An assortment of terms have been utilized as a part of the psychological and psychiatric literature to portray prolonged exposure to any stimulus that a patient discovers anxiety-inciting, without relaxation or other anxiety-diminishing strategies, may prompt eventual decrease in the anxiety response. Exposure therapy ordinarily starts with improvement of what is called anxiety hierarchy.

This is an individual rundown arranged by the client of the parts of a stimulus that deliver fear and distress. At the base of the hierarchy would be those viewpoints that exclusive evoke gentle fear. As one goes up the hierarchy, the components ought to can possibly inspire dynamically more fear until the highest point of the hierarchy which represents the most feared part of the trauma.

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In a few types of exposure therapy, for example, flooding, treatment sessions start with exposure to the best thing on the hierarchy. In different types of exposure therapy, things evaluated as reasonably anxiety-inciting are the beginning stage. All exposure therapy strategies share the basic component that the individual goes up against the fear-instigating stimulus until the point that the anxiety is lessened.

Types of Exposure Therapy
* Flooding
* Imaginal Exposure
* Invivo Exposure
* Prolonged Exposure
* Directed Exposure

There are a few variations of exposure therapy in the PTSD domain. In imaginal exposure therapy, patients go up against their memories of the traumatic event in creative energy. Some imaginal strategies include clients giving their own particular self-portraying story of the trauma in detail in the present tense, for a prolonged timeframe, with inciting by the therapist for any subtle elements that might be excluded.

This story is then taped and the individual takes it away and tunes in to it in the middle of therapy sessions. Different types of imaginal exposure include the therapist presenting a scene to the client, in light of data accumulated preceding the exposure exercise. The length and number of exposure therapy sessions additionally fluctuates crosswise over various conceptualizations of the treatment. At long last, take note of that exposure therapy is infrequently utilized alone as a treatment however usually joined with other treatment components, for example, education about the course and indications of PTSD, relaxation training and cognitive therapy.

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Systematic Desensitization
Systematic desensitization is a particular type of exposure therapy that is matched with relaxation training and was first advanced by Wolpe. The focal proposition is that relaxation is believed to be in a general sense contradictory with an anxiety response.

By presenting the individual to the traumatic event, hence evoking anxiety, and following this quickly with relaxation techniques, it is believed that the anxiety will be diminished. Similarly as with different types of exposure therapy, the first step in systematic desensitization is normally to build up an anxiety hierarchy. Relaxation training is then instructed until the point that clients wind up capable in having the capacity to unwind their body shortly.

After picking up this aptitude, the exposure session starts, stopping for the commencement of relaxation when the anxiety starts to mount. The therapist wavers amongst relaxation and exposure until the point when the client can endure every one of the stimuli on the hierarchy with no anxiety.

Exposure therapy for PTSD has its starting points in social learning theories of the turmoil. The thought is that presenting the person to different conditioned stimuli that inspire fear will show that these stimuli are not undermining, given the individual can stay in the exposure circumstance until the point when the fear dies down.

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Understanding the Theoretical Approaches in Treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Understanding the Theoretical Approaches in Treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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There are various theories of PTSD that hold pretty much influence with individuals from the examination and clinical networks. A portion of these theories focus on imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain, some take a gander at changes in brain structure following trauma, some look on PTSD as an issue including particular behaviors following a trauma, different theories consider PTSD to be an issue of the cognitive preparing of traumatic data, but different theories think about the disorder as an issue of conditioned fear responses.

PTSD is conceptualized by some as a social or interpersonal disorder. Any theory that contends that PTSD is exclusively a component of any of these issues, for instance chemical imbalance, is pretty much ruined inside contemporary psychology and psychiatry, and it is more typical for individuals to see complex disorders, for example, PTSD as containing issues in the majority of the domains of behavior.

Key Theories

* Behavioral Learning Theory
* Cognitive Theory
* Neurobiological Theory

Behavioral Learning Theory
Maybe the most compelling learning theory of PTSD gets from Mowrer’s theory which was powerful in the advancement of exposure therapy for a scope of anxiety disorders.

Theory Factors
* Classical Conditioning
* Operant Conditioning

***Classical Conditioning***
The improvement of fear responses happens through a procedure of classical conditioning. The prototypical case of classical conditioning is Pavlov’s explore different avenues regarding his dogs. In Pavlov’s point of interest explore, a bell was rung each time the dogs were fed. In the language of learning theory, the food was the unconditional stimulus and the bell was the conditional stimulus. At whatever point the food was displayed, the dogs started to salivate.

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In the language of learning theory, this is the unconditional response to the unconditional stimulus of food. Sooner or later, the bell was rung without the food being displayed. What Pavlov found was that, despite the fact that the food was never again present, the dogs still salivated to the sound of the bell. In learning terms, they gave a conditional response of salivation to the conditional stimulus of the bell.

Comparable trials have been done where the bell was rung in the meantime as an electric shock was regulated. The unconditional response to the shock was to stay away from it and, in time, this can to be inspired as a response to the conditional stimulus of the bell alone. The idea of classical conditioning has been connected to PTSD in the accompanying way.

Emotionally neutral stimuli are available amid the trauma when the individual is encountering fear deeply parts of the traumatic circumstance, for example, the risk of death. The neutral stimuli at that point come to evoke the conditional response of fear at a later date, notwithstanding when the risk of death is never again present.

***Operant Conditioning***
Operant conditioning alludes to a procedure whereby a specific behavior is strengthened with the end goal that it increments later on; thus, for instance, dogs may figure out how to remain by the front door on the off chance that they need a walk in light of the fact that, already, the behavior of remaining by the front door has been fortified by their proprietors taking them for a walk in the blink of an eye a while later.

Applying this plan to PTSD, the recommendation is that the traumatized individual figures out how to lessen trauma-related fear or anxiety by evading or getting away from signs or indications of the trauma. Escape and shirking behaviors wind up fortified as a component of their anticipated capacity to end the aversive fear state.

An issue with such diligent evasion, notwithstanding, is that the trauma survivor never discovers that the conditional stimulus is never again happening within the sight of the unconditional stimulus, specifically the original trauma, thus conditioned fear to the conditional stimulus is kept up.

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Cognitive Theory
A decent case of a cognitive theory of PTSD was proposed by Power and Dalgleish. The proposal was that, traumatized people additionally encounter fear since they cognitively assess the trauma and the impact of it on their lives as at present debilitating. This cognitive assessment of the present effect of something is known as a cognitive appraisal.

Cognitive theories suggest that traumatized people experience the ill effects of appraisal-driven fear along these lines, and also conditioned fear to stimuli that help them to remember the original trauma. They likewise recommend that these two sorts of fear response happen through various courses in the psyche.

Conditional fear responses happen by means of what they call associative representations in the psyche and appraisal-driven fear responses happen through schematic model representations in the brain. The treatment of cognitive therapy has emerged out of cognitive models of emotional disorder and looks at the sorts of appraisals that individuals make following trauma and urges them to transform them.

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Neurobiological Theory
The most compelling neurobiological theory identifying with understanding PTSD is LeDoux’s model of conditioned fear responses. LeDoux’s work focuses on a piece of the brain called the amygdala. The soonest signs of the significance of the amygdala originated from the well known yet disputable work of Kluver and Bucy.

They found that, following surgical removal of extensive parts of the brain including the amygdala, monkeys lost their standard fear of humans and ordinary forcefulness and rather ended up easygoing and ailing in outward appearance. These impacts were named the Kluver-Bucy Syndrome and it is presently realized that the Kluver-Bucy Syndrome is a component of removal or harm particularly to the amygdala.

LeDoux has contended that the amygdala is the focal emotional computer for the brain, breaking down sensory input for any emotional importance it may have and performing more advanced cognitive capacities to assess emotional data. Absolutely the amygdala has all the correct brain associations with play out this part. It gets inputs from the regions of the brain worried about visual recognition and auditory recognition, and it additionally has close associations with the parts of the brain known to be worried about emotional behavior.

The most particular part of LeDoux’s theory is his proposal that the amygdala can figure the emotional outcomes of sensory data from two sources: point by point sensory data from the visual and auditory brain regions and crude sensory data specifically by means of a more crude course. Along these lines, the amygdala can produce conditioned fear responses in sufferers of PTSD because of handling extremely essential characteristics of a stimulus by means of the thalamus, or more advanced representations through the sensory cortex, up to quite certain representations like the original trauma by means of the rhinal cortex and hippocampus.

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Operant Conditioning And Avoidance Learning
Ivan Pavlov and Classical Conditioning
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Emotional working memory capacity in posttraumatic stress disorder
Amygdala ang Fear
Fear Conditioning

Understanding Traumatic Events in Our Lives and How Do We React From It

Understanding traumatic events in our lives and how do we react from it

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We could attempt to build up some sort of agreement about specific events being traumatic due to their exceptionally nature. One could contend that any event could be traumatic on the off chance that someone responds in an amazingly distressed and debilitating manner to that event, as it were, trauma is a subjective phenomenon.

The academic clinical literature on this theme has a tendency to sway between these two rather outrageous ways to deal with the meaning of trauma. At first, when the idea of PTSD was first presented as a formal psychiatric diagnosis, there was an unmistakable view that traumatic events must be those outside the scope of normal human experience and ones that would be detectably distressing to nearly anybody.

Stressors delivering traumatic disorder
* Natural disasters
* Accidental man-made disasters
* Deliberate man-made disasters

A few stressors every now and again create the disorder and others deliver it just at times. As often as possible there is a corresponding physical segment to the trauma which may even include guide harm to the focal nervous system, for example, malnutrition, head trauma. The disorder is evidently more extreme and longer enduring when the stressor is of human plan.

The reaction from the clinical and research group to these dictats was to some degree blended. It appeared to be obvious from the proposed meaning of trauma that specific events, similar to earthquakes, airplane crashes, war et cetera, satisfied the new criteria and could securely be named as traumas. Nonetheless, shouldn’t something be said about, for instance, the passing of a friend or family member through cancer?

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Individuals create extraordinary mental distress looked with such an experience yet it can’t generally be named an event outside the scope of normal human experience. Be that as it may, thinking about this sort of event as non-traumatic does not appear to be correct either.

*Is it not sensible to propose that individuals who are in distress, paying little heed to the events that they have experienced, need support, support and comprehension?*

*Would it be a good idea for us to not be occupied with understanding the nature of any type of mental distress, not simply types of distress that take after a specific, outlined sort of event?*

The main explanation behind such a solid accentuation in the clinical and research literature on a correct meaning of a traumatic event is that, having experienced antagonistic responses to specific events, many individuals will seek after case through the courts to acquire some type of remuneration for their loss. Now, the universe of psychology and psychiatry crashes into the universe of enactment and lawyers.

The law contends that a totally subjective meaning of trauma would open the floodgates to thousands of individuals looking for pay for any experience they didn’t care for. As things stand, accordingly, the legal systems in the UK, Europe, and whatever is left of the world require tight meanings of the kinds of events that people can seek after remuneration for. Henceforth the to some degree undesirable accentuation on correct meanings of what constitutes a trauma in the current literature.

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Distinctive responses to trauma
Following presentation to trauma, individuals every now and again experience a scope of emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and physical issues. Regularly these issues constellate into discrete psychiatric disorders, for example, depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD and additionally significant changes in personality. So also, traumatized people experience a scope of issues that fall outside these fairly delimited, psychiatric classifications. Feelings, for example, blame, disgrace, fierceness, outrage, and disturb are regularly exceptionally predominant and outrageous.

Behavioral issues, for example, outrage upheavals, rest unsettling influence, social shirking and over the top checking and cleaning are additionally visit. Not every person’s response to trauma is profoundly negative along these lines, in any case, there are others for whom traumatic events appear to be minimal more than minor disturbances in the section of life and these people remain strikingly unscarred by their experiences.

For a few, there are frequently positive mental responses to trauma, for example, an expanded capacity to value the delicate nature of life and the issues that other individuals may endure.

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