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:

  • War
  • Natural Disasters
  • Crashes (car, plane, ship, train, etc.)
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Sudden death of a loved one
  • Rape
  • Kidnapping
  • Assault
  • 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.

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