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Links to our PTSD Support Group & Information

PTSD Index Introduction To PTSD Treatments Complex PTSD
When Does PTSD Strike? Understanding the PTSD How does PTSD develop? How Common is PTSD?
How common is PTSD? Symptoms of PTSD Coping With PTSD PTSD & Other Illnesses
Stress & PTSD Can Stress become Unmanageable? Managing Stress with PTSD Steps In Managing Stress in PTSD
  Lifestyle Changes: Taking Control  

PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Chat Support Group

How does PTSD develop?

Most people who are exposed to a traumatic, stressful event experience some of the symptoms of PTSD or Post traumatic stress disorder in the days and weeks following exposure. Available data suggest that about 8% of men and 20% of women go on to develop PTSD, and roughly 30% of these individuals develop a chronic form that persists throughout their lifetimes.

The course of chronic PTSD or Post traumatic stress disorder usually involves periods of symptom increase followed by remission or decrease, although for some individuals symptoms may be unremitting and severe. Some older veterans who report a lifetime of only mild symptoms have experienced significant increases following retirement, severe medical illness in themselves or their spouses, or reminders of their military service such as reunions or media broadcasts of the anniversaries of war events.

1. Those who experience greater stressor magnitude and intensity, unpredictability, uncontrollability , sexual (as opposed to nonsexual) victimization, real or perceived responsibility, and betrayal.

2. Those with prior vulnerability factors such as genetics, early age of onset and longer-lasting childhood trauma, lack of functional social support, and concurrent stressful life events.

3. Those who report greater perceived threat or danger, suffering or being upset, terror, and horror or fear.

4. Those with a social environment which produces shame, guilt, stigmatization, or self-hatred.

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