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How common is posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

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About 3.6% of adult Americans -- about 5.2 million people -- suffer from PTSD during the course of a year, and an estimated 7.8 million Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. PTSD can develop at any age, including childhood. Women are more likely to develop PTSD than are men. This may be due to the fact that women are more likely to be victims of domestic violence, abuse, and rape.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness. 

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on August 4, 2020

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National Alliance on Mental Illness. 

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on August 4, 2020

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