Updated: Jul 25, 2019
An estimated 70 percent of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives. Up to 20 percent of them go on to develop post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. An estimated 5 percent of Americans—more than 13 million people—have PTSD at any given time.
While the public generally associates the disorder with military personnel who have been exposed to brutal violence, these statistics reveal how PTSD is more common than one would think.
Research completed at Emory University by professor Dr. Kerry Ressier provides evidence of higher rates of PTSD within urban populations than that of war veterans, concluding that war is only one among many causes that can lead to the disorder. Other traumatic events may include terrorist attacks, natural disasters, severe accidents, or physical and sexual abuse.
The signs of PTSD often manifest themselves in isolation, intruding thoughts, flashbacks, feelings of guilt, worry, sadness, or self-harming thoughts or behavior — which can appear immediately after the episode, or sometimes not emerge until months or even years later. Individuals with PTSD might have some or all of these symptoms, yet their type of PTSD may differ.
Studies show that there are 5 different types of post-traumatic stress disorder: Normal stress Response, Acute Stress Disorder, Uncomplicated PTSD, Chronic PTSD and Comorbid PTSD
According to the National Institute of Health, if symptoms last less than three months, the condition is considered acute PTSD; however, if symptoms last more than three months, the disorder is referred to as chronic PTSD. If symptoms manifest at least six months after the traumatic event, then the disorder is considered delayed onset PTSD.
Each subset of PTSD — including victim-related trauma, natural-disaster trauma, survivor trauma, and perpetrator guilt — requires a different treatment and therapy to best aid patients.
At AYANA we host a wide variety of qualified licensed counselors in order to accommodate our users’ needs. By using our app, you will be able to communicate with your counselor through unlimited text, call or video chat. We are here to help you because we truly believe that no one should have to settle or negotiate when it comes to their mental health.