*PTSD is not just Veterans of War
*Rape Victims Have a 49% Chance of Developing PTSD
*7-8% of the U.S. Population Will Have PTSD at Some Point
*Women are Twice as Likely to Develop PTSD
*Symptoms can Take Months or Years to Develop
*Individuals with PTSD are 2-4 Times More Likely to Develop a Substance Use Disorder
*78% of Those with a Diagnosis Experience Depression in Their Lifetime
*People who Suffer From PTSD are More Likely to Commit Suicide
*1/3 of Veterans with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Also Meet Criteria for PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after a very stressful, frightening or distressing event, or after a prolonged traumatic experience.
Events That Can Lead to PTSD Include:
*serious accidents *physical or sexual assault
*abuse, including childhood or domestic abuse *exposure to traumatic events at work, including remote exposure
*serious health problems, such as being admitted to intensive care *childbirth experiences, such as losing a baby
*war and conflict *medical trauma
*civil unrest *pandemics
PTSD develops in about 1 in 3 people who experience severe trauma. It’s not fully understood why some people develop the condition while others do not. While treatment is available, some symptoms may never diminish.
nightmares or flashbacks
depression or anxiety
withdrawl or avoidance
guilt or shame
Discuss: Does PTSD impact your life in some way? Share your experience in the comments below.
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