How Common Is PTSD?
Many people who go through traumatic events have difficulty adjusting and coping for a while, but they don’t have PTSD — with time and good self-care, they usually get better. But if the symptoms get worse or last for months or even years and interfere with your functioning, you may have PTSD.
PTSD and Military
Data Source: National Center for PTSD
Why is PTSD more common in the military community compared to the total U.S Population?
The first reason is the most obvious, military members are more likely to be exposed to traumatic events. The second reason is the stigma attached to PTSD that often prevents people from seeking help, especially when strength is a valued asset in the military culture. And another big factor is that the skills the military teaches serve a purpose that works very well in the military world, but those same skills are not always viewed as assets in the civilian world. This value mismatch can often aggravate and prolong PTSD symptoms.
Now that you understand what PTSD is, what causes PTSD, and how common PTSD is in both the total population and the military veterans, let’s take a look at all the symptoms.