PTSD MYTHS AND FACTS #9
MYTH: Only military veterans experience PTSD.
FACT: Although Post-traumatic Stress Disorder does indeed affect our war vets; the fact is, PTSD can develop in anyone, including children.
Research tells us that 70% of all Americans within their lifetime will experience some type of major traumatic event. Out of that group, about 20% will develop symptoms of PTSD.
In addition, 10% of all women develop Post-traumatic Stress Disorder during their lifetime. It may be surprising to learn that women are two times as likely as men to suffer from PTSD. Women can be more susceptible to violence, including domestic violence, rape, and beatings.
Children who experience abuse, neglect, or molestation are also highly susceptible to PTSD sometime in their lifetime.