EDMONDS, Wash., June 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today is National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day, a day which seeks to shed light on the millions of people suffering from PTSD. Many people automatically associate PTSD with veterans due to the high instances of the disorder among those who have served in combat. However, few realize how heavily this disorder skews towards women.
According to the National Center for PTSD, while approximately 60% of men experience a major trauma in their life, 50% of women also experience a major trauma. Despite a slightly higher percentage of male-experienced traumas, women tend to develop PTSD at a higher rate than men. In fact, about 10% of women develop PTSD sometime in their lives compared to only 5% of men.
Untreated, PTSD also increases the likelihood people will develop co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and addictions.
"On this National PTSD Awareness Day, it is important we, in addition to the disorder occurring in men, also talk about its occurrence with women," says Dr. Gregory Jantz, founder of the nationally recognized PTSD treatment facility, The Center - A Place of HOPE, in Edmonds, Washington.
"Women are almost twice as likely as men to develop PTSD during their lives. As counselors, therapists, and even family members, we need to be aware of women's susceptibility to PTSD. It is important for women to know that PTSD is treatable, and that they can return to a fulfilling, joyful life."
Dr. Jantz is available for media appearances to discuss PTSD, its symptoms and treatment options.
Beth Chapman, 816.835.0306, Email, Dr. Jantz Media Representative
SOURCE Dr. Gregory Jantz