Recent estimates suggest that one out of every 10 Canadians may experience an event traumatic enough to result in a diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While we know that one must experience a traumatic event for PTSD to develop, traumatic events do not always result in this diagnosis. In short, one can be traumatized without developing PTSD; however, it is a common experience for PTSD to occur after a traumatic event.
After a traumatic event occurs, the majority of people will experience some combination of the following:
- Trouble sleeping
- Not wanting to think about, or talk about what happened
- Feeling on edge and jumpy
- Unpleasant physical sensations, like shaking, sweating
- Feeling detached or disconnected from others