Who gets PTSD?

young girl leaning against wall, distressedWho gets PTSD?                                            

PTSD has been found to be prevalent in 6.4% of Australian adults over a 12-month period (6 in 100).

More women (8.3%) than men (4.6%) experience PTSD.

Factors that contribute to the development of PTSD are likely to include genetic factors and life experiences (e.g. parenting style, role modelling from other people & previous exposure to trauma).

The nature of the trauma also influences the likelihood of a person developing PTSD, such as the severity and duration of exposure to the traumatic event, how close the person was to the event, how many other trauma experiences the person has had and whether or not the trauma was inflicted by another person.

Last Updated : 22-Sep-2013