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How Common is PTSD in the United States?

Updated: Dec 8, 2021

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can happen to anyone. There are many factors that may increase someone’s chances of developing PTSD such as being directly exposed to a trauma or being injured.

Going through trauma is quite common. About six of every 10 men (or 60%) and five of every 10 women (or 50%) experience at least one trauma in their lives. Women are more likely to experience sexual assault and child sexual abuse. Men are more likely to experience accidents, physical assault, combat, disaster, or to witness death or injury. Contact us today to learn more about PTSD clinical trials in Beachwood, Ohio.

The following statistics are based on the U.S. population:

  • About six out of every 100 people (or 6% of the population) will have PTSD at some point in their lives.

  • About 15 million adults have PTSD during a given year. This is only a small portion of those who have gone through a trauma.

  • About 8 of every 100 women (or 8%) develop PTSD sometime in their lives compared with about four of every 100 men (or 4%).

Symptoms of PTSD

PTSD symptoms may start within one month of a traumatic event, but sometimes symptoms may not appear until years later. These symptoms cause significant problems in social or work situations and in relationships. They can also interfere with a person’s ability to go about normal daily tasks.

PTSD symptoms are generally grouped into four types: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, and changes in physical and emotional reactions. Symptoms can vary over time or vary from person to person.

Symptoms can vary in intensity. Some may appear more regularly when a person is stressed or when they are reminded of the traumatic event (For example, hearing a car backfire may cause a recall of a combat experience).

When to see a doctor

If someone is having disturbing thoughts and feelings about a traumatic event for more than a month or having trouble getting their life back under control, they should talk to a doctor or a mental health professional. Getting treatment as soon as possible can help prevent PTSD symptoms from getting worse.

If someone you know has suicidal thoughts, get help right away. In the United States, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor. Use that same number and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.

How Insight Clinical Trials May Help PTSD

There is no definitive cure for PTSD, but there are many types of treatment that can alleviate the symptoms. There are various therapy techniques, as well as evidence that medication may be useful for people struggling with symptoms of PTSD. There are new 8-week clinical trials available at Insight Clinical Trials for those who have experienced PTSD symptoms for at least three months and are between the ages of 18 and 65. Transportation and compensation are available to those who participate. Contact us today to learn more.

Insight Clinical Trials is one of the leading independent medical research institutes in Northern Ohio. With our patients and their families as our priority, we are dedicated to safe research specializing in mental health conditions such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other neurological disorders. Our team of medical experts stands ready to help participants access the latest medical interventions and healthcare.


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