By the numbers
- 7-8 out of every 100 people will have PTSD at some point (Source)
- 5.2 million adults have PTSD during a given year (Source)
- 10 of every 100 women develop PTSD in their lives
- 4 of every 100 men develop PTSD in their lives
What is PTSD?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is categorized within anxiety disorders in the DSM-V. It is a condition that is triggered by either experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event (Source). It may develop after exposure to extremely traumatic events such as an accident, combat, a death of a loved one, or natural disaster. PTSD is characterized by eight criterions - stressors, intrusion symptoms, avoidance, negative alterations in cognitions and mood, alterations in arousal and reactivity, duration of symptoms, functional significance, and exclusion. Re-experiencing a traumatic event, intrusive recollections, hyperarousal, emotional numbing, vicarious stressors, traumatic nightmares, and flashbacks are some of the many symptoms of an individual with PTSD. It can become so severe that it impairs the daily activities of participants.