When we think about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), we often think about those in the military. Being in the profession that they are in, there is good reason for us to jump to that conclusion. They are faced with a great deal of stress and have to deal with things that no one should ever have to see. The visions of war is something that they will have to see every time they close their eyes. Unfortunately, they are not the only ones that have to deal with PTSD.
Studies have shown that 70% of adults will experience a traumatic experience at some point in their lives and as many of 20% of them will develop PTSD because of it. The same study says that women are twice as likely to develop PTSD than men are and 1 in 10 women will get the disorder at least once in their life. Risk factors for PTSD in adults include domestic abuse, rape, survivors of accidents and natural disasters.
The National Center for PTSD claims that 5.5 million children are affected by PTSD in the United States right now. Of the reported figures, 30% of them are due to abuse, both physical and sexual. This includes neglect and psychological abuse. It is not always abuse, however. Children can develop PTSD after surviving a natural disaster or other violent crimes where friends, family members and even themselves could have been seriously hurt or killed.
Before you jump to the conclusion that only military personnel can develop PTSD, think again. If you are interested in learning more about how you can help, call Peer Support Central today.