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30+ Interesting Facts About PTSD

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9. People who have experienced violent trauma are vulnerable to violent trauma or intimate partner sexual violence in the future

Are you wondering what makes a person with a past experience of violent trauma highly likely to suffer the same thing again? That may be because of the living environment. The risk of PTSD increases – if you are living with a violent partner or in a city that has a high crime rate, being a refugee, or living in a war-ridden country or places where more violence occurs. 

10. Experiencing 4 or more traumatic events increases the risk of PTSD than experiencing 3 or less.

Sounds weird? Well, research says that on average a person in the world will go through 3.2 traumatic events during their lifetime. So, the more traumatic events you experience in life more the likeliness of developing PTSD.  

11. PTSD is the second/third most common mental health disorder 

After generalized anxiety disorder and depression, PTSD is the second/third most common mental health problem. Remember that these conditions do not occur in isolation! Symptoms of PTSD overlap with symptoms of depression and other mental health disorders. Similarly, people with depression or anxiety are at higher risk of experiencing traumatic events increasing their risk of developing PTSD. 

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12. PTSD symptoms can lead to job loss and suicide

People with PTSD struggle to focus on work which increases the risk of losing their job. This can cause anxiety and worsen their symptoms of PTSD. Financial uncertainty can trigger suicidal thoughts, which need the immediate attention of mental health professionals. The risk of suicide needs to be addressed first and then slowly treat the PTSD symptoms to improve the patient’s quality of life. 

13. The time between the end of the trauma and the start of the treatment doesn’t impact the effectiveness of the treatment 

If you are on the waiting list for the treatment that doesn’t mean the treatment you receive will no longer work. The time between the trauma and seeking help should not demotivate you from seeking treatment. If the treatment is effective in weeks, it is also effective years later. 

14. Conditions like Depression and substance abuse need to be treated before PTSD

Depression, substance abuse, and other such conditions can deter a person from seeking help or treatment, And not making most of the treatment can push the person with PTSD towards more harm. 

15. Face to face talking and group sessions better help patients with PTSD

Talking to a therapist privately or taking online therapy sessions or joining group sessions are effective in managing PTSD symptoms. One good news is The National Health Service (NHS) is a free option but the drawback is the long waiting time. On the other hand, private clinics can increase the cost of your treatment but you have the advantage of talking to someone immediately. 

Online therapy is effective for people who are not comfortable with one-to-one sessions and may even be free depending on who and where they are offered. 

Related: Broadening Our Understanding of Trauma: Why Context Matters

16. Non-medical therapies may help manage some PTSD symptoms

This is one of the interesting facts about PTSD that not many know. There are various activities that people with PTSD can try to relax or manage painful feelings or triggers that overwhelm them. These are – 

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Art Therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Music Therapy 

However, these non-medical therapies may help relieve PTSD symptoms faster when used along with medicines. People who choose only complementary therapy may refer to a certified and licensed professional with experience in working with people with PTSD. 

17. Not everyone experiences PTSD flashbacks the same way

Flashbacks are one of the most common symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. They can be very vivid with sound, smell, visions, sensations, and details that may seem real. You feel like you are back again in the same traumatic situation. Sometimes you may feel intense sensations causing fright. 

However, not everyone who has PTSD experience flashbacks. Some only have memory without a strong flashback or no flashbacks at all.

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