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PTSD in veterans

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape, or violent personal assault.

PTSD was previously known as “shell shock” during the years of World War I and “combat fatigue” after World War II. However, PTSD is not exclusive to veterans. PTSD is believed to affect approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults; over 11 million people, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed PTSD in their lifetime. Those numbers are tragically high, but hopefully help those with PTSD to understand that they are absolutely not alone.

PTSD can be caused by exposure to a traumatic event. However, exposure could be indirect rather than firsthand. For example, PTSD can occur in an individual learning about the violent death of a someone close to them. It can also occur as a result of repeated exposure to horrible details of trauma, such as police officers exposed to details of child abuse cases.

Veterans can develop PTSD from all types of trauma; from those sources commonly associated with combat to sexual assault during peacetime or terrible auto accident. However, none of these veterans need to live with untreated PTSD and there are outstanding treatment options available.

PTSD in sexual assault survivors

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape, or violent personal assault.

PTSD is commonly associated with combat veterans, but it can occur in anyone. Women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD, and certain careers have a higher rate (military, firefighter, law enforcement, and even medical professionals), but it can affect anyone regardless of occupation, ethnicity, nationality, culture, or age.

PTSD is believed to affect approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults, over 11 million people, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed PTSD in their lifetime. On average, there are over 400,000 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States. It’s reported an estimated 17.7 million women, and 2.78 million men, have been victims of attempted or completed rape in the U.S. Those numbers are tragically high, but hopefully help those with PTSD to understand that they are absolutely not alone.

PTSD can be caused by exposure to a traumatic event. However, exposure could be indirect rather than firsthand. For example, PTSD can occur in an individual learning about the violent death of a someone close to them. It can also occur as a result of repeated exposure to the horrible details of trauma, such as police officers exposed to details of child abuse cases.

Regardless of the cause, none of these sexual assault survivors need to live with untreated PTSD and there are outstanding treatment options available.

PTSD in physical assault survivors

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape, or violent personal assault.

PTSD is commonly associated with combat veterans, but it can occur in anyone. Women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD, and certain careers have a higher rate (military, firefighter, law enforcement, and even medical professionals), but it can affect anyone regardless of occupation, ethnicity, nationality, culture, or age. Physical assault is defined in many ways by different sources. However, many survivors of physical assault, forced restraint, and animal attacks develop PTSD, and the trauma from physical assault is often combined with sexual assault, intimidation, and other types of trauma.

One source reports 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Nationwide, PTSD is believed to affect approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults, over 11 million people, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed PTSD in their lifetime. Those numbers are tragically high, but hopefully help those with PTSD to understand that they are absolutely not alone.

PTSD can be caused by exposure to a traumatic event. However, exposure could be indirect rather than firsthand. For example, PTSD can occur in an individual learning about the violent death of a someone close to them. It can also occur as a result of repeated exposure to the horrible details of trauma, such as police officers exposed to details of child abuse cases. A child witnessed violence in 22% (nearly 1 in 4) of intimate partner violence cases filed in state courts.

Regardless of the cause, assault survivors do not need to live with untreated PTSD and there are outstanding treatment options available.

PTSD in abuse survivors

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape, or violent personal assault.

PTSD is commonly associated with combat veterans, but it can occur in anyone. Women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD, and certain careers have a higher rate (military, firefighter, law enforcement, and even medical professionals), but it can affect anyone regardless of occupation, ethnicity, nationality, culture, or age.

A person is abused in the United States every 9 seconds according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. 2.9 million cases of child abuse are reported every year in the United States. PTSD is believed to affect approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults, over 11 million people, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed PTSD in their lifetime. Those numbers are tragically high, but hopefully help those with PTSD to understand that they are absolutely not alone.

PTSD can be caused by exposure to a traumatic event. However, exposure could be indirect rather than firsthand. For example, PTSD can occur in an individual learning about the violent death of a someone close to them. It can also occur as a result of repeated exposure to the horrible details of trauma, such as police officers exposed to details of child abuse cases. A child witnessed violence in 22% (nearly 1 in 4) of intimate partner violence cases filed in state courts.

Regardless of the cause, abuse survivors do not need to live with untreated PTSD and there are outstanding treatment options available.

PTSD in accident survivors

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape, or violent personal assault.

PTSD is commonly associated with combat veterans, but it can occur in anyone. Women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD, and certain careers have a higher rate (military, firefighter, law enforcement, and even medical professionals), but it can affect anyone regardless of occupation, ethnicity, nationality, culture, or age. PTSD from accidents (i.e. motor vehicle, injury from heavy equipment, boating accidents, natural disasters, etc.) is more common than many people think. In fact, Harvard Health Publishing noted “Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of PTSD in both men and women“.

PTSD is believed to affect approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults, over 11 million people, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed PTSD in their lifetime. Those numbers are tragically high, but hopefully help those with PTSD to understand that they are absolutely not alone.

PTSD can be caused by exposure to a traumatic event. However, exposure could be indirect rather than firsthand. For example, PTSD can occur in an individual learning about the violent death of a someone close to them. It can also occur as a result of repeated exposure to the horrible details of trauma, such as police officers exposed to details of child abuse cases or accident investigation.

Regardless of the cause, accident survivors do not need to live with untreated PTSD and there are outstanding treatment options available.

PTSD in other trauma survivors

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape, or violent personal assault.

PTSD is commonly associated with combat veterans, but it can occur in anyone. Women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD, and certain careers have a higher rate (military, firefighter, law enforcement, and even medical professionals), but it can affect anyone regardless of occupation, ethnicity, nationality, culture, or age.

It’s difficult to measure the full impact trauma has when all sources are considered like; child abuse, relationship abuse, elder abuse, verbal abuse, psychological abuse, bullying, death threats, robbery, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, willful neglect, accidents, and more. Nationally PTSD is believed to affect approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults, over 11 million people, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed PTSD in their lifetime. Those numbers are tragically high, but hopefully help those with PTSD to understand that they are absolutely not alone.

PTSD can be caused by exposure to a traumatic event. However, exposure could be indirect rather than firsthand. For example, PTSD can occur in an individual learning about the violent death of a someone close to them. It can also occur as a result of repeated exposure to the horrible details of trauma, such as police officers exposed to details of child abuse cases.

Regardless of the cause, trauma survivors do not need to live with untreated PTSD and there are outstanding treatment options available.

4 SIGNS YOU MAY HAVE PTSD

  • 1. Re-Experiencing the trauma or intrusive thoughts such as repeated, involuntary memories; distressing dreams; or flashbacks of the traumatic event. Flashbacks may be so vivid that people feel they are re-living the traumatic experience or seeing it before their eyes.
  • 2. Avoiding triggers and reminders of the traumatic event may include avoiding people, places, activities, objects and situations that bring on distressing memories. People may try to avoid remembering or thinking about the traumatic event. Those with PTSD may resist talking about what happened or how they feel about it.
  • 3. Negative thoughts and feelings about yourself or the world may include ongoing and distorted beliefs about oneself or others (e.g., “I am bad,” “No one can be trusted”); ongoing fear, horror, anger, guilt, shame, much less interest in activities previously enjoyed, or feeling detached or estranged from others.
  • 4. Hyperarousal and reactive symptoms may include being irritable, self-destructive, easily startled, having angry outbursts, behaving recklessly, or having problems concentrating or sleeping.

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