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PTSD: Do Most People Get It After Terrifying Incidents?


Offbeat  (tags: Health, Brain, Human body, Medicine, Military, Stress )


- 1664 days ago - bbc.com
Why the assumption that everyone is prone to developing the condition after witnessing a traumatic event isn't the only myth that exists about it.



   

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Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday December 7, 2014, 12:51 am
"The symptoms of PTSD are very real and very distressing. Itís important that anyone who experiences them can get the help they need. But one of the keys to a diagnosis of PTSD is that these symptoms persist for at least a month after the event, and that they affect a personís work or social life, or stop them getting on with the things they want to do.

The remarkable thing is that for most people these symptoms gradually subside, and as a result PTSD is not as common as you might expect. Even in extreme situations like war most people are not affected. Only 4% of British soldiers developed PTSD after serving in Iraq, for example, rising to 6.9% for those in combat roles. Among reservists rates were a little higher, averaging at 6%. Researchers think this might be because they return to their old civilian lives where they have to cope on their own, while regular members of the armed forces remain with colleagues who have a better understanding of what war is like."

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can occur to anyone who is "wired" internally in such a way that an event that could be brushed off by one person triggers off, OR creates an internal landscape of disturbance in another one, that literally renders them unable to function in normal everyday situations.
 
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