How many people are diagnosed with PTSD?

About 7% of the adult population in the United States suffers from post-traumatic symptoms, and many of those people also suffer from depression or other anxiety disorders. Symptoms may wax and wane throughout a person’s life, but rarely disappear completely without proper treatment.

When is PTSD diagnosed?

Not every person who experiences a traumatic event develops these symptoms. PTSD is usually diagnosed if symptoms are experienced for a month or longer. Symptoms can begin within 3 months, but can also start months or years after the traumatic event has occurred.

Seeking treatment of PTSD

Finding treatment for trauma-related complaints may be considered as a big step. Research and personal experience have shown that going through treatment and taking action can make a big difference.

What is PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a condition that often follows a terrifying physical or emotional event. It is characterized by

  • Recurrent, unwanted distressing memories, nightmares or flashbacks of the traumatic event
  • Emotional reactions to reminders of the trauma
  • Worrying, feeling anxious
  • Avoiding places, activities or people that are reminders of this event.
  • Negative mood and negative thinking
  • Feelings of guilt or shame
  • Feeling detached from family and friends,
  • Not feeling like yourself
  • Being angered easily or feeling irritated
  • Being jumpy or easily startled
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Sleeping problems