Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder caused by severe traumatic events. Although it’s commonly associated with soldiers returning from war, any civilian can develop it. PTSD has a lot of negative stigmas attached to it, but it’s a common and difficult disorder. Here are a few facts you might not know about it.
An estimated 70% of adults in the U.S. will experience at least one traumatic event in their life. Of those that do, 20% of them will go on to develop PTSD. Traumatic events can be anything from a car crash to a natural disaster.
It’s been estimated that 5% of Americans have PTSD at any given time. That’s 13 million people living with this disorder daily. Getting help for this disorder can be challenging. If you or someone you love is struggling with PTSD please contact us.
Although PTSD is a disorder commonly associated with males, women are actually twice as likely as men to develop it. An estimated 1 out of 10 women will get PTSD at some point in their lives. Sexual and domestic abuse is commonly the causes of PTSD in women.
Research suggests that trauma can actually disrupt and alter brain chemistry. This can lead to the development of PTSD in some people. So when people tell those living with PTSD to “get over it”, it’s not helpful and not possible.
PTSD symptoms fall into one of three clusters, used to categorize them. The first is reliving the event, either through nightmares or intrusive images. The second is avoidance, in which people avoid certain places, people, thoughts or activities that may trigger the trauma. The last is being hyper-aroused, which can cause irritability, sudden anger, or make sleeping difficult.
Although PTSD can consume one’s life, there is treatment available. A combination of medication and psychotherapy are often prescribed. There are also newer treatments such as TMS that can be explored. Contact us if you have any questions about treating your PTSD.