If you have PTSD, you are not alone.
If you do not have PTSD, you are not unaffected.
When it comes to PTSD, you may think it affects a relatively small population. You may believe if you don’t have a friend or family member who has served or is serving in the military, you’re not likely to come in contact with anyone who suffers from PTSD.
The truth is, PTSD is more common than you might think and more groups of people are susceptible than you would imagine. Here are some general facts to help put its prevalence in perspective: http://www.healmyptsd.com/education/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-statistics
- 70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. That’s 223.4 million people.
- Up to 20% of these people go on to develop PTSD. As of today, that’s 31.3 million people who struggled or are struggling with PTSD.
- An estimated 8% of Americans – that’s 24.4 million people – have PTSD at any given time.
- An estimated 1 out of 10 women develops PTSD; women are about twice as likely as men.
- Among people who are victims of a severe traumatic experience 60 – 80% will develop PTSD.
- Almost 50% of all outpatient mental health patients have PTSD.
- In the U.S., somewhat higher rates of PTSD have been found to occur in African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans compared to Caucasians.
- In addition to military members, more susceptible groups include: first responders, fire fighters, police, emergency medical service providers, hospital staff, educators, students, females,