Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops in response to experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, and can be difficult to overcome without targeted PTSD treatment. The disorder is incredibly common, with about 7-8 percent of the U.S. population expected to experience PTSD at some point in their lives, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It is also more treatable today than ever before.
PTSD can happen to anyone. It is estimated that 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women will experience at least one traumatic event in their lives, and for many of those individuals, these events will have lasting effects that may require therapeutic intervention. Types of trauma that may lead to PTSD include physical or sexual assault; accidents; exposure to violence, including domestic violence; combat; and exposure to natural disasters.
It is important to note that PTSD can happen to anyone at any age, and is not a sign of weakness. With therapeutic support, many individuals with PTSD are able to address their trauma and relieve the symptoms that are causing them distress.