What is Post-Traumatic Stress?
Post traumatic stress affects about 7.7 million American adults, age 18 or over, annually. 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. An estimated 8% of Americans – 24.4 million – will experience PTS at some point in their lives.
Almost 50% of all outpatient mental health patients have PTS. 11-20% of Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars do too. Among the people who are victims of specific traumatic experiences such as rape, child abuse and violent assaults, the rate of PTS is 60-80%.