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Here’s What You Probably Didn’t Know About PTSD

January 30, 2014
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Here’s What You Probably Didn’t Know About PTSD
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A look at history can teach us how to spot the disease in the present.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder gets a lot of attention these days, but it’s not always a well-understood topic. Among the misconceptions about PTSD is the notion that it’s a relatively new diagnosis. It’s not. It’s a serious disorder that affects an estimated 5.2 million American adults every year. It’s common in veterans, although not even 40% of veterans who are diagnosed with PTSD when they come home get treatment. But it’s pervasive in non veterans too; about 7.8% of Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. Tracing a history of PTSD, as far back as the first and second World Wars (and even in ancient mythology and the bible) can lead to a better understanding of the disease. Understanding can lead to better treatment, like cognitive therapy and medication. Perhaps more importantly, better awareness of PTSD will lead to increased ability to recognize the signs and seek help for a loved one. Check out this infographic to learn more.

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