Post-Traumatic Stress is a mental health condition that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, such as military combat, a natural disaster, sexual assault, trauma or the loss of a loved one. Every year, Post traumatic stress affects about 7.7 million American adults, age 18 or over. 70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives, with close to 20% of these people going on to develop PTS. For those who are victims of specific traumatic experiences such as rape, child abuse and violent assaults, the rate of post traumatic stress is more significant at 60-80%.

Symptoms of post-traumatic stress are most commonly grouped as being re-experiencing (flashbacks, bad dreams, frightening thoughts), avoidance (staying away from places, events, people, or certain objects, or avoiding certain thoughts, feelings or conversations), arousal and reactivity (being easily startled, feeling tense, sleep difficulties and angry outbursts), and cognitive and mood symptoms (trouble remembering key features of a traumatic event, negative thoughts, distorted feelings like guilt and blame, and a loss of interest in enjoyable activities).

People who have post traumatic stress may also experience depression and anxiety, have alcohol or drug problems, chronic pain, hopelessness and relationship problems.

Through our One Mind Rising Star Awards grant program and our funding support of the AURORA research study, One Mind has supported the following scientists in their important and influential post-traumatic stress focused research:


Olivier Berton, Ph.D.
Evaluating How to Use Stress-Governing Proteins to Diagnose, Treat or Prevent Affective Disorders
Program Director
NIDA/BRAIN Initiative
2010 Rising Star Awardee
Denise Cai, Ph.D.
Temporal Memory-Linking: A Circuit Mechanism of PTSD
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
2019 Rising Star Awardee
Michael Fanselow, Ph.D.
Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress and How to Treat It
Distinguished Professor of Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles
AURORA (Sam McLean, Principal Investigator)
University of North Carolina
One Mind Funded Research Study