The more research I do on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the more alarmed I am at the enormity of the population that is affected by the disorder.
These statistics are from an excellent website Heal My PTSD. Michelle Rosenthal is a PTSD survivor and writes about the subject, both to inform and help others heal.
PTSD General Stats
- 70 % of adults in the U.S have experienced some type of traumatic event, at least once in their lifetimes. 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 have had or are struggling with PTSD.
- 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.
- 50% of all outpatient mental health patients have PTSD!
- Somewhat higher rates of this disorder have been found to occur in African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans, as compared to Caucasians in the United States.
- Lifetime occurrence (prevalence) in combat veterans 10-30%.
- In the past year alone the number of diagnosed cases in the military jumped 50%- and that’s just diagnosed cases.
- Studies estimate that 1 in every 5 military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan has PTSD.
- 20 % of the soldiers who have been deployed in the past 6 years have PTSD. That’s over 300,000.
- 17% of combat troops are women; 71% of female military personnel develop PTSD due to sexual assault within the ranks.
These are shocking statistics, and prove that PTSD is now a pressing national health crisis. Become empowered and learn more about PTSD. Visit Heal My PTSD for more free information and help.