Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Who is affected by PTSD?

Important Vocabulary

Trauma- a deeply distressing or disturbing experience

Flashback- recurrent and abnormally vivid recollection of a traumatic experience, sometimes accompanied by hallucinations

Immobilization- nervous system can't become balanced; can't move on from an event

What is PTSD?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a condition which is developed months after a traumatic event. Any experience that makes you feel hopeless and helpless can cause this anxiety disorder. Things like depression, alcoholism, and substance abuse can form because of PTSD.
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Symptoms of PTSD

  • flashbacks and nightmares
  • immobilization
  • anxiety
  • irritability
  • avoidance of people, places, or activities
  • forgetfulness
  • feeling detached from people
  • overly alert
  • inability to fall asleep
  • suicidal thoughts and behaviors

Effects of PTSD

  • eating disorders
  • broken relationships
  • depression
  • substance abuse
  • unemployment
  • self-harm
  • suicide
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Statistics on PTSD

  • Out of the 70% of adults in the U.S who experience traumatic events, 20% of them have PTSD (almost 31.3 million people)
  • Women are twice as likely to develop PTSD than men
  • 1 out of 10 women will get PTSD
  • African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans are more likely to develop PTSD then Caucasians
  • 50% of people in the military have diagnosed PTSD
  • 1 in every 5 soldiers from Iraq or Afghanistan have PTSD
  • 71% of woman in the military develop PTSD from sexual assault
  • 30%-60% of children who have survived disasters get PTSD
  • 35% of urban children exposed to community violence develop PTSD
  • 90% of sexually abused children get PTSD
  • 18% of kids with PTSD between 12 and 17 are overweight
  • 17% of kids with PTSD abuse alcohol
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Who is affected by PTSD?

Anyone can get PTSD, not just people in the military. Anything that causes extreme distress can develop this disorder over time. In some cases, people who help someone recover from an traumatic event develop PTSD. Even though it's most widely known in war veterans, anyone can develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Where to get help for PTSD

At Addictions Care Center of Albany, anyone can receive treatment for PTSD and conditions associated with it, like substance abuse. This center for help can greatly improve your coping skills and help lessen the damage of PTSD on your life.