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Talking About PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an ongoing and intense physical and emotional disorder that develops in response to a traumatic event. Despite it being recognized initially in war veterans, it can happen to anyone that has experienced trauma.1


Everyone experiences a range of emotions after a traumatic event, and that is entirely natural. Reactions and feelings will vary from person to person. Most people will recover from these initial symptoms and emotions naturally within a few weeks. However, if problems continue, it could potentially be due to PTSD.2


In the United States (US), PTSD affected 3.6% of adults over the last year.3 This equates to approximately 8 million adults experiencing PTSD symptoms just in the US alone.4


When looking globally, it is estimated that 354 million adult war survivors have PTSD and/or major depression - and that only takes into account war survivors, no other traumatic life events.5


PTSD is more common in women than men, with sexual assault being the most frequent type of trauma experienced by women who have PTSD.6 Approximately 10 in every 100 women develop PTSD sometime during their lifetime compared with about 4 in every 100 men.4


Therefore, as you can see, it is a prevalent condition affecting millions and millions of people worldwide every day. PTSD can happen to anyone.


What causes PTSD?

It is not rare to experience trauma. In fact, it is estimated that 6 in 10 men (or 60%) and 5 in 10 women (or 50%) will experience trauma at some point in their life.4


Marc served in the military for eight years and developed PTSD due to non-combat-related events. First, he was involved in a serious road traffic collision. He then went on to find out that two of his colleagues had completed suicide with quite violent methods. The combination of these traumatic events was what lead to Marc experiencing symptoms of PTSD. Unfortunately, Marc's story is not unusual, and there are many events that can cause PTSD.