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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Home

This is a guide that provides resources about PTSD.

What is PTSD?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is defined as a "complex anxiety disorder that may occur when individuals experience or witness an event perceived as a threat and in which they experience fear, terror, or helplessness." PTSD is sometimes summarized as “a normal reaction to abnormal events.” It was first defined as a distinctive disorder in 1980 and was originally diagnosed in veterans of the A wordle shaped like a brain made of PTSD keywordsVietnam War.

Although the veteran population is most heavily affected by PTSD, "it is now recognized in civilian survivors of rape or other criminal assaults; natural disasters; plane crashes, train collisions, or industrial explosions; acts of terrorism; child abuse; or war." (Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health, 3rd ed.)

DSM-V: 309.81

ICD-10: F43.10

Who is affected by PTSD?

PTSD can affect almost anyone in any age group if they experience a traumatic event or series of events. Statistics from the National Center for PTSD showed that:

  • As of 2020, nearly 13 million adults in the United States have PTSD
  • It is estimated that 1-6% of boys and 3-15% of girls develop PTSD before age 18
  • Approximately 6% of the US population will have PTSD at some point in their lives
  • Women are more likely than men to develop PTSD: 8% of US women vs 4% of US men will develop PTSD
  • On average, approximately 7% of US veterans develop PTSD at some point in their life. This number is much higher for veterans who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; as many as 30% have had PTSD at some point. PTSD is more common for female veterans than for male.

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