The National Institute of Mental Health states that Post-Traumatic Stress can “develop after exposure to a potentially traumatic event that is beyond a typical stressor.” It is estimated that 3.6% of US adults had PTSD in the past year, according to the NIMH, with women being disproportionately affected at 5.6% as opposed to men at 1.8%. Women serving in the military are more prone to what the Washington Post describes as “two-prong trauma,” from combat and sexual assault.
It is important to note that not all the onset of PTSD doesn’t necessarily immediately follow a traumatic event, such as emotional, mental, physical, and/or sexual abuse-but PTSD isn’t limited to these. Events most associated with PTSD are:
- Natural Disasters
- Crashes (car, plane, ship, train, etc.)
- Terrorist attacks
- Sudden death of a loved one
- Sexual or physical abuse
- Childhood abuse, neglect, or witnessing domestic violence
Any traumatic event that leaves a person feeling frightened, helpless, etc., can lead to PTSD with the person feeling disconnected and numb. It is not uncommon for a sufferer of PTSD to be fearful, have nightmares, and not stop thinking about the traumatic event.