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PTSD affects 20 million Americans

Posted on: September 15th, 2011 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

Most articles that are written about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) center around war. Certainly, war has been a contributing factor in our understanding of the condition and its causes, but soldiers are not the only ones who suffer from PTSD.

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs National Center for PTSD:

  • More than 20 million Americans (6.8 percent) will experience PTSD at some point in their lives.
  • Women (9.7 percent) are more than twice as likely as men (3.6 percent) to develop PTSD.

This is only a tiny fraction of the number of people who have experienced a traumatic event. Let’s take a closer look at what we mean by PTSD and what makes one individual more susceptible to the disorder than another.

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can occur after one has experienced or witnessed a life-threatening event. For men the most common events are rape, combat exposure, childhood neglect, and childhood physical abuse. The most common traumatic events for women are rape, sexual molestation, physical attack, being threatened with a weapon, and childhood physical abuse. (more…)