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Causes of Post-traumatic stress disorder

List of causes of Post-traumatic stress disorder

Following is a list of causes or underlying conditions (see also Misdiagnosis of underlying causes of Post-traumatic stress disorder) that could possibly cause Post-traumatic stress disorder includes:

  • Terrifying ordeal - violent attacks, war, assault, rape, torture, kidnapping, etc.
  • Child abuse
  • Serious accidents
  • Natural disasters - e.g. earthquake, flood, hurricanes, etc.
  • Manmade disaster - e.g. plane crash, bombing, etc.

Post-traumatic stress disorder Causes: Male-Female Gender Ratio

Gender of Patients for Post-traumatic stress disorder: About twice as many women as men in the US (National Institute of Mental Health, NIH)...more »

Gender Profile of Post-traumatic stress disorder: Women are more likely than men to develop PTSD. (Source: excerpt from Anxiety Disorders: NIMH) ...more »

Gender Profile of Post-traumatic stress disorder: Results from an NIMH-supported survey showed that female risk of developing PTSD following trauma is twice that of males. (Source: excerpt from Women Hold Up Half the Sky: NIMH) ...more »

Post-traumatic stress disorder: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Post-traumatic stress disorder, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Post-traumatic stress disorder:

Post-traumatic stress disorder: Causes and Types

Causes of Broader Categories of Post-traumatic stress disorder: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

Post-traumatic stress disorder as a symptom:

Conditions listing Post-traumatic stress disorder as a symptom may also be potential underlying causes of Post-traumatic stress disorder. Our database lists the following as having Post-traumatic stress disorder as a symptom of that condition:

What causes Post-traumatic stress disorder?

Article excerpts about the causes of Post-traumatic stress disorder:
PTSD, once referred to as shell shock or battle fatigue, was first brought to public attention by war veterans, but it can result from any number of traumatic incidents. These include kidnapping, serious accidents such as car or train wrecks, natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes, violent attacks such as a mugging, rape, torture, or being held captive. The event that triggers it may be something that threatened the personís life or the life of someone close to her or him. Or it could be something witnessed, such as mass destruction after a plane crash or a terrorist incident. (Source: excerpt from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: NWHIC)

Related information on causes of Post-traumatic stress disorder:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Post-traumatic stress disorder may be found in:

 

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