PTSD and Mental Illiness
PTSD Awareness Month
Many if not most of us will experience traumatic events in our lives sufficient enough to cause tremendous stress. There are circumstances that enhance the risk of developing PTSD.
• Childhood trauma is especially dangerous in that the developing brain can respond “appropriately” in coding for abnormal circumstances and exposures. Subsequent trauma can trigger PTSD-quality responses.
• Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men. Mental illness may abnormally shape responses to traumatic events.
• There is some evidence that susceptibility to the disorder may run in families. Individual differences in the brain or genes may predispose an individual.
• The relative absence of social support and a functional network is a severe risk.