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Risk Factors for Post-traumatic stress disorder

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Facts about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: NIMH (Excerpt)

Military troops who served in the Vietnam and Gulf Wars; rescue workers involved in the aftermath of disasters like the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.; survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing; survivors of accidents, rape, physical and sexual abuse, and other crimes; immigrants fleeing violence in their countries; survivors of the 1994 California earthquake, the 1997 North and South Dakota floods, and hurricanes Hugo and Andrew; and people who witness traumatic events are among those at risk for developing PTSD. Families of victims can also develop the disorder. (Source: excerpt from Facts about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: NIMH)

Facts about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: NIMH (Excerpt)

People who have suffered abuse as children or who have had other previous traumatic experiences are more likely to develop the disorder. Research is continuing to pinpoint other factors that may lead to PTSD.

It used to be believed that people who tend to be emotionally numb after a trauma were showing a healthy response, but now some researchers suspect that people who experience this emotional distancing may be more prone to PTSD. (Source: excerpt from Facts about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: NIMH)

Risks factors for Post-traumatic stress disorder: medical news summaries:

The following medical news items are relevant to risk factors for Post-traumatic stress disorder:

About risk factors:

Risk factors for Post-traumatic stress disorder are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for Post-traumatic stress disorder makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to Post-traumatic stress disorder. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Post-traumatic stress disorder. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.


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