Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month
What Are the Symptoms of PTSD?
- Re-experiencing the trauma—One of the most common symptoms of PTSD; this occurs through unwanted, troubling recollections, nightmares, and/or flashbacks.
- Avoidance of things that remind the individual of the trauma—Sometimes referred to as emotional numbness, this symptom is the intentional withdrawal from people, places, and activities that may remind the person of the traumatic event.
- Increased arousal—Those with PTSD may have difficulty sleeping, trouble with concentration and focus, feel constantly on edge, and be easily irritated and angered.
Who Is Affected by PTSD?
- Children: The National Center for PTSD estimates that 15% to 43% percent of girls and 14% to 43% percent of boys experience at least one traumatic event during their childhood and adolescent years. Of these children, 3% to 15% percent of the girls and 1% to 6% percent of the boys develop PTSD. The disorder appears correlated with the severity of the event, the parents’ reaction, and how close the child was to the trauma.
- Women: Women, overall, experience different traumatic events than men. Five out of 10 women experience a traumatic event.
- Men: Men are less likely to develop symptoms of PTSD and four percent of men who experience trauma are diagnosed with the disorder.
- Military: When it comes to military personnel, the risk of developing PTSD increases. According to Veteran’s Affairs (VA), 10% to 18% of those deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq were diagnosed with PTSD in a given year.