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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Rates

Overview of PTSD prevalence rates based on sex, age, racial/ethnic background, and other factors.

Rates of PTSD in Non-Military Groups
When thinking about who is affected by PTSD, many people often focus their attention on those who have been involved in the military; however, it's important to note that high rates of PTSD have been found in other groups of people as well. PTSD does not discriminate. This article provides an overview of the rates of PTSD in non-military groups.

Traumatic Exposure and PTSD in College Students
Learn more about rates of traumatic event exposure and PTSD in college students.

Rates of PTSD in Firefighters
Firefighters frequently encounter potentially traumatic events, and therefore, firefighters may be particularly at risk for the development of PTSD. Learn more about rates of, as well as risk factors for, PTSD in firefighters.

Traumatic Exposure and PTSD in Children
Although traumatic exposure and PTSD are more commonly studied among adults, both are also common in childhood. Learn about rates of traumatic exposure and PTSD symptoms in children, as well as risk factors for the development of PTSD symptoms in children.

PTSD Rates Immediately Following the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks
Many people were greatly affected by the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Learn about the rates of PTSD caused by Sept. 11.

PTSD in Service Members Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan
Soldiers returning from the Iraq War and Afghanistan are showing a number of difficulties, including PTSD, alcohol and drug use, and depression. Learn about a recent study that examines rates of PTSD and use of mental health services among returning Iraq War service members.

Who Gets PTSD?
PTSD does not occur at the same rate for everyone. An overview of prevalence rates for PTSD based on age, sex, and marital status is provided here.

Racial/Ethnic Differences in PTSD
Several studies have looked at whether people from different racial/ethnic backgrounds are more or less likely to develop PTSD. Findings from these studies are briefly reviewed here.

Sexual Assault Rates
The term "sexual assault" refers to a range of behaviors, including unwanted sexual contact and rape. Many studies have shown a link between the experience of sexual assault (especially rape) and the development of PTSD. The rates of sexual assault are presented.

PTSD in Military Veterans
People exposed to a war zone have been found to have high rates of PTSD. Rates of PTSD among Vietnam veterans, Persian Gulf War veterans, and Iraq War veterans are provided here.

PTSD in Children
PTSD does not only happen in adulthood. Children and adolescents also encounter traumatic experiences, such as sexual and/or physical abuse, and can develop PTSD. The National Center for PTSD offers a fact sheet on childhood PTSD, with information on rates of PTSD in children and adolescents, risk factors, and treatment options.

Can Children Have PTSD?
Can children have PTSD? Learn the answer to this important question here.

Could PTSD Be Genetic?
Recent research suggests that people who carry certain genes may be more vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder.

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