Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.
It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have this disorder may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger. If you’re experiencing the symptoms of this disorder, you may be eligible for a no-cost clinical trial. To find out if a clinical trial is enrolling near you, select from one of our three locations below. Use the form on the page to schedule a free appointment to meet with one of our professionals who will help you determine if a clinical trial is right for you.
Anyone can develop this disorder at any age. This includes war veterans, children, and people who have been through a physical or sexual assault, abuse, accident, disaster, or many other serious events. According to the National Center for PTSD, about 7 or 8 out of every 100 people will experience the disorder at some point in their lives. Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men, and genes may make some people more likely to develop it than others.
However, it is important to remember that not everyone who lives through a dangerous event develops PTSD. In fact, most people will not develop the disorder. Also, not everyone with the disorder has been through a dangerous event. Some people develop PTSD after a friend or family member experiences danger or harm. The sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can also lead to developing this disorder.