Important Statistics on PTSD

Treating PTSD

People with PTSD can be helped by medications and carefully targeted psychotherapy.
 
Studies have demonstrated the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), group therapy, and exposure therapy, in which the person gradually and repeatedly relives the frightening experience under controlled conditions to help him or her work through the trauma. Studies have also found that several types of medication, particularly the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and other antidepressants, can help relieve the symptoms of PTSD.
 
Other research shows that giving people an opportunity to talk about their experiences soon after a catastrophic event may reduce some of the symptoms of PTSD. A study of 12,000 schoolchildren who lived through a hurricane in Hawaii found that those who got counseling early on were doing much better two years later than those who did not.
 

Statistics on PTSD

An estimated 5.2 million American adults ages 18 to 54, or approximately 3.6 percent of people in this age group, have PTSD in a given year.
 
About 30 percent of Vietnam veterans developed PTSD at some point after the war. The disorder also has been detected among veterans of the Persian Gulf War, with some estimates running as high as 8 percent.
 
More than twice as many women as men experience PTSD following exposure to trauma.
 
Depression, alcohol or other substance abuse, or other anxiety disorders frequently co-occur with PTSD. The likelihood of successful treatment is increased when these other conditions are appropriately diagnosed and treated as well.
 
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