PTSD 3: Not Just For Vets

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When we hear the term PTSD a picture of combat veterans probably comes to mind. But veterans are certainly not the only ones dealing with PTSD. Surviving a horrific automobile accident, house fire, or natural disaster that takes the life of a loved one who was talking to you just moments before the event is absolutely traumatic.

Now consider this:

Approximately 700,000 children are abused each year in America [1]. It’s hard to imagine anything much more traumatic than being harmed physically or sexually by the very people who are supposed to care for you.

To put that number in perspective, during the surge of 2010, the most of any year, America had 100,000 troops in Afghanistan [2].

Then consider that approximately 17% of all women have been the victim of a completed or attempted rape at some time during their life [3]. That’s over 21 million women in America who have experienced trauma.

And these women and children didn’t volunteer for combat. They were trapped in it.

No one group has exclusive rights to PTSD. The wounded are around us every day. So…“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” [4]

 

 

[1] https://www.childtrends.org/indicators/child-maltreatment

[2] https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2016/07/06/a-timeline-of-u-s-troop-levels-in-afghanistan-since-2001/

[3] https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/183781.pdf  (In the USA alone)

[4] Anonymous