PTSD: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a complicated and often misunderstood issue. A lot of misinformation exists out there about this topic, so we’re here to bring you some little-known facts about it. Be sure to check back soon for the second part of this article.

Number Fifteen: It Can Affect Anyone

Usually, when you think about this disorder, the first thing that comes to mind is someone who just got back from war, troubled by a violent past and horrible memories. This is often the way it is depicted in films and other forms of media, but the truth is, people can develop this disorder in a variety of ways, and war is only one of them.

Number Fourteen: The Symptoms Do Not Always Appear Immediately

It can take weeks, months, or even years for the symptoms of this disorder to appear. However, they usually happen within three months of trauma.

Number Thirteen: Women are Twice as Likely to Develop PTSD

Women are more likely to experience this disorder because they more commonly withstand the type of violence that causes it. An estimated 10% of women will experience post-traumatic stress disorder in their lifetimes.

Number Twelve: Untreated PTSD Does Not Improve Over Time

You may think that, given some time to recover, victims of this disorder will get better on their own, and this may be true with some health issues, but this is not the case here. Untreated PTSD often gets worse as time goes on.

Number Eleven: Many Soldiers Avoiding Seeking Help to Protect Their Careers

Although it’s undeniably important to make sure this disorder does not go untreated, some soldiers fear that seeking treatment may harm their professional image.

Number Ten: One in Five Soldiers Has Had PTSD

A very high number of people in the army suffer from this. It is estimated to be as high as 20%.

Number Nine: It Can Affect Children

This disorder is not something only adults develop. Post-traumatic stress disorder can occur in kids as well. Don’t forget to check back for part two of our list of PTSD: 15 things you didn’t know, coming soon.