Stress is part of life. Many stressors are welcome and often sought, but they are still stressors and can have negative effects if they are not managed effectively. Got a promotion? Great. How are you handling the added responsibilities? How is it affecting your family? New home? Awesome. How are you handling not seeing your old friends? Those things may be “worth the cost” but there is indeed a cost, and that cost will most likely be the cause of added stress. Perhaps one of the best examples is the birth of a baby. The child is welcomed by everyone, yet everyone also knows the new parents may not get a full night’s rest for several weeks or even months. Got stress? Of course.
Contrary to popular belief, military veterans do not comprise the largest group of people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. Military personnel comprise less than 1% of the total US population and most of them never see combat, yet PTSD currently affects 5-10% of all men and 7-14% of all women in the US.
PTSD can affect anyone who experiences a traumatic event or is exposed to cumulative stress. Factors that may influence the risk of having PTSD include the following:
- Frequency, intensity, and duration of the trauma
- Feeling a loss of control and extreme fear for safety or life
- Being physically injured or seeing others who were severely injured or killed
- Not having much help and social support after the event
- Dealing with additional stress, such as loss of a job, home, or a loved one
- Close proximity to the event
- A history of mental illness
- Abuse of alcohol or drugs as a means of coping
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