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What is PTSD?

PTSD stands for
Post-traumatic stress disorder
It is a mental disorder that can be developed after exposure to a traumatic event such as war, car accidents, sexual assault, child abuse, and other threats to an individual's life.  Recent studies have found that survivors of COVID-19 may experience PTSD. 
PTSD can occur when someone experience or witness a traumatic event.

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after you have been through a trauma. A trauma is a shocking and dangerous event that you see or that happens to you. During this type of event, you think that your life or others' lives are in danger.

Trauma is common in women; five out of ten women experience a traumatic event. Women tend to experience different traumas than men. While both men and women report the same symptoms of PTSD (hyperarousal, reexperiencing, avoidance, and numbing), some symptoms are more common for women or men.

Studies show that about 15% to 43% of girls and 14% to 43% of boys go through at least one trauma. Of those children and teens who have had trauma, 3% to 15% of girls and 1% to 6% of boys develop PTSD. Rates of PTSD are higher for certain types of trauma survivors.

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