Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Affects Millions of Americans
UNITED STATES – According to an online news report at uab.edu, research indicates that post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD, affects more than just military veterans.*
According to research, individuals who suffer from PTSD have experienced some form of trauma in their lives, which could have come from being sexually assaulted, witnessing someone being injured or killed, a natural disaster, being involved in a car accident, or other situation that would involve a harrowing reaction.
Many believe that PTSD is a condition that affects only those who served in the military, however, this is not the case. “We must see PTSD, and other trauma-related disorders, as mental health issues that face many survivors of human rights violations,” said a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s College of Arts and Sciences and director for UAB Institute for Human Rights. “Whether they’re survivors of genocide, ethnic cleansing, racial or ethnic persecution, and other forms of direct and indirect violence, many of these individuals continue to battle their traumas across their lifetime.”
Statistics demonstrate that almost 4% of the United States adult population, per the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which comprises of roughly eight million people, live with the condition. About 40% of people who received a PTSD diagnosis experience serious symptoms.
The cause of PTSD is a traumatic event however, the symptoms are what help to diagnose the condition. Those who suffer from PTSD often have disturbing flashbacks, distressing and upsetting thoughts, nightmares, and ongoing memories that are difficult to cope with.
According to research from the United States Library of Medicine, when people experience trauma, it changes their brain, as several areas of the brain are involved when a traumatic event occurs. That is why there are often long-lasting effects of trauma that people experience, often for the rest of their lives.
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Source:https://www.uab.edu/news/youcanuse/item/10726-ptsd-is-not-just-for-veterans-it-s-a-trauma-disorder-that-affects-millions and https://www.nami.org/learn-more/mental-health-conditions/posttraumatic-stress-disorder
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