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Are you familiar with the realities of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? This often-misunderstood mental health condition affects millions of people worldwide, yet remains shrouded in misconceptions. We will delve into the facts and debunk the myths surrounding PTSD. From its causes and symptoms to the available treatment options, we will separate fact from fiction and provide you with a comprehensive understanding of this complex disorder.
Myth: PTSD only affects military veterans.
Fact: PTSD can impact anyone who experiences, witnesses, or has second-hand exposure to an overwhelming stressful event. PTSD is slightly more common among Veterans than civilians. At some point in their life, 7 out of every 100 Veterans (or 7%) will have PTSD. In the general population, 6 out of every 100 adults (or 6%) will have PTSD in their lifetime.
Myth: Everyone who experiences trauma will develop PTSD.
Fact: Relatively few people who experience trauma will develop PTSD. 70% of people in their lifetime will experience a traumatic event but the lifetime prevalence of PTSD is 6.8% of the 70%.
Myth: Everyone with PTSD experiences the same symptoms.
Fact: PTSD can present very differently, depending on the person and type of trauma experienced. Symptoms of PTSD fall into the following four categories. Specific symptoms can vary in severity.
Myth: PTSD will just go away over time.
Fact: The majority of PTSD cases will not resolve on their own and is a central part of many other mental health conditions. 80% of people with PTSD have one or more other conditions like depression, anxiety, addiction, or personality disorder.
Myth: PTSD isn’t treatable.
Fact: PTSD can be treated, and there are many different treatment options. PTSD has a wide range of treatment options including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Eye Movement Reprocessing, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Somatic Experiencing, and Psychodynamic Therapy.
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