The Risk Factors Of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), also known as shell shock or battle fatigue, is a mental health issue that could develop after experiencing a life changing moment in a person’s life. Most researchers theorize that the people who have PTSD have either fought in war, been a victim of rape, or have endured a life changing experience. In the United States, 70 percent of adults, approximately 223.4 million people, have experience at least one traumatic moment in their lives. One out of nine women in the world develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which is twice as likely as men (PTSD Statistics). 7.7 million Americans have PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Anxiety and Depression Association of America). About 49.9 percent …show more content…
Most people ask the question, “Why don 't all trauma victims develop PTSD?” The risk factors that answer this question are gender and family history. Gender is the most important risk factor. According to studies, women are more likely to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder than men. Men are more exposed to all types of traumas except for sexual assault. Whereas women, in addition to other types of trauma, are more likely to be exposed to sexual assault. Women that are victims of sexual assault, experience the highest rate of PTSD (PTSD-Risk Factors). A family history of PTSD can predispose someone to PTSD. Parents who have experienced a traumatic event will often teach their children how to live their life with a tainted state of …show more content…
One type of treatment that doctors recommend is group therapy. In group therapy, the participant discusses why he came to the session and, most of the time, this helps the participant realize that they are not alone in their situation (Rapid Resolution Therapy). When dealing with a loved one with PTSD it heavily affects the matter of your relationship. As the “mentally stable one”, you may have to take on much of the responsibility. There are seven things a person must do in order to take care of a loved one with PTSD. The first thing to do is not pressure the person with PTSD into talking about their condition. The second thing to do is to let that person take the lead. Try not to tell them what to do. The third is to manage your own stress. The less stresses you are, the easier it will be to help your loved one. The fourth is to try to prepare for PTSD triggers. These triggers include special dates, sounds, sights or smells. The fifth thing to do is not to take the symptoms of PTSD personally. Just because your loved one has changed in a manner that isn 't the best, doesn 't mean it 's your fault. The sixth thing to do is to educate yourself about PTSD. The last thing to do is to take care of yourself. You shouldn 't ignore your needs because you have to take care of someone else 's. When treated, many people show great

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