ABOUT 8 MILLION ADULTS HAVE PTSD DURING A GIVEN YEAR.
About 7-8 out of 100 people will develop PTSD in their life (7-8% of the population). Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men (about 10% of women will experience PTSD at some point in their lives compared to 4% of men). Some people also may be more genetically likely to develop PTSD.
Anyone can develop PTSD at any age. You may have developed PTSD after going through a traumatic event. Common traumatic events that may cause PTSD in someone include war and combat, assault or sexual assault, a disaster or terrorism. About 6 of every 10 men (or 60%) and 5 of every 10 women (or 50%) experience at least one trauma in their lives. There are four major types of symptoms: re-experiencing, avoidance, arousal, and negative changes in beliefs and feelings.
Do you have flashbacks or experience the traumatic event again even when not thinking about it? Do you have unwanted thoughts or emotional detachment? Do you have severe anxiety or mistrust? Do you have difficulty sleeping? insomnia or frequent nightmares? Have you lost interest or pleasure in activities that used to bring you joy? Have you socially isolated yourself or have feelings of guilt and loneliness?