Who develops PTSD?
Whether you'll develop PTSD may depend partly on how severe and intense the trauma was and how long it lasted. Powerful fear-related memories of the event seem to be a major part of PTSD. People who have anxiety, depression or other mental disorders are more likely to develop PTSD. People who have been victims of previous trauma are also at greater risk.
Who is at risk for developing PTSD?
The following people may be at risk for PTSD:
- Soldiers, prisoners of war, veterans or victims of war or combat
- Survivors of rape, domestic violence, physical assault such as a mugging or any other random act of violence
- Survivors of unexpected events such as car wrecks, fires or terrorist attacks
- Anyone who has responded to traumatic events such as firefighters, police or rescue workers
- Anyone who has been victimized
- Anyone who has seen a violent act
- Survivors of natural disasters such as hurricanes or earthquakes
- Anyone who has been sexually or physically abused
- Anyone diagnosed with a life-threatening illness or those who have had surgery
- Anyone who has experienced grief such as the unexpected loss of a loved one
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