June is PTSD Awareness Month, so we wanted to take a moment to go through a few facts about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Here are a few things you may not know about PTSD:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition that’s triggered by either experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety. If these symptoms last for months or even years and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD.
Canada has the highest incidence of PTSD
A recent study looked at the PTSD rates in 24 countries and found that Canada had the highest prevalence of PTSD. In Canada, 9.2% of the population will suffer from PTSD throughout their lifetime. The Netherlands, Australia and the US followed. Nigeria, China and Romania had the lowest levels.
Not everyone who experiences a traumatic event gets PTSD
Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better. There are risk factors that contribute to the likelihood of a person developing PTSD. These factors include things like exposure to childhood trauma, the presence of other mental health problems like anxiety or depression, and a lack of a good support network.
People in rich countries are more likely to experience PTSD
According to a recent study, people in rich countries are more likely to suffer from PTSD than people in poorer countries. This could be because PTSD is often linked to something that violates your expectations. If you live in a part of the world that is usually safe and something happens to turn those ideas upside down, it is harder to get over.
Resources for dealing with PTSD: