Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can start after someone has been exposed to a traumatic event, including: an actual or threatened death, serious injury or sexual violence.
This could be something that has happened to you or an event that you have witnessed.
Typical traumatic events include:
- Natural disasters e.g. Earthquake
- Serious accident e.g. Car crash
- Severe physical injury
- Rape or sexual assault
- Domestic violence
- War or military combat
- Witnessing a murder or violent death
- Traumatic birth experience
Around 50% of women and 60% of men will experience a traumatic event at some point in their lifetime.
7-8% of the population go on to suffer from PTSD after having experienced one of these traumatic events.
PTSD can begin immediately after the event or can come on weeks or months after, but will usually surface within 6 months.