Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition that occurs in people who have lived through a traumatic event. These types of events can include a serious accident, natural disaster, or incident of violence such as physical assault and sexual abuse to name some examples.
According to the American Psychiatric Association and health professionals, the most common symptoms of PTSD can be summed up into four main categories:
- Intrusive Thoughts: involuntary re-experiencing of memories, nightmares, flashbacks
- Avoiding Reminders: avoiding people, activities, etc. that remind them of the event
- Negative Thoughts and Feelings: negative self-talk, fear, anger, shame, detachment, etc.
- Arousal and Reactive Symptoms: angry outbursts, reckless behavior, sleep problems, poor concentration, etc.
While this condition can occur following a variety of traumatic events, combat experience is a strong predictor of a diagnosis of PTSD. We’re breaking down the numbers and rates of PTSD to provide a clearer picture for military veterans, their family members, and loved ones the secondary health conditions associated with it, and overall access to PTSD treatment.