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How Common is PTSD?
An estimated 7.8 percent of Americans will experience PTSD or Post traumatic
stress disorder at some point in their lives, with women (10.4%) twice as likely
as men (5%) to have PTSD. About 3.6 percent of U.S. adults ages 18 to 54 (5.2
million people) have PTSD during the course of a given year. This represents
a small proportion of those who have experienced a traumatic event at some point
in their lives, for 60.7% of men and 51.2% of women reported at least one traumatic
event. The traumatic events most often associated with PTSD are: for men: rape,
combat exposure, childhood neglect, and childhood physical abuse. For women:
rape, sexual molestation, physical attack, being threatened with a weapon, and
childhood physical abuse.
About 30 percent of the men and women who have spent time in war zones experience
PTSD. An additional 20 to 25 percent have had partial PTSD at some point in
their lives. Thus more than half of all male Vietnam veterans and almost half
of all female Vietnam veterans have experienced "clinically serious stress
reaction symptoms." PTSD or Post traumatic stress disorder has also been
detected among veterans of the Gulf War, with some estimates running as high
as 8 percent.
In recent years a great deal of research has been aimed at development and
testing of reliable assessment tools. It is generally thought
that the best way to diagnose PTSD or Post traumatic stress disorder
or any psychiatric disorder, for that matter is to combine findings
from structured interviews and questionnaires with physiological
assessments. A multi-method approach is especially helpful to
address concerns that some patients might be either denying or
exaggerating their symptoms.
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