Non-Military Causes of PTSD

Non-Military Causes of PTSDIt is normal to experience sadness, anxiousness, fear and anger after a traumatic event. However, if you experience painful memories and constant fear, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, with the right support, trauma treatment and coping skills you can overcome it.

Causes of PTSD

PTSD can be the result of any type of traumatic experience that makes you helpless or threatens your safety. Most people think violence and PTSD are naturally related, but not everyone who experiences trauma will have PTSD. If the trauma is dealt with and treated early, PTSD can be prevented. Similarly, even if PTSD goes on for many years, it can still be treated.

Although it is true that military combat is the leading cause of PTSD in men, there can be any number of overwhelming experiences that may lead to mental health trauma. Any event that feels uncontrollable or unpredictable can trigger trauma. Those who experience or witness a catastrophe personally, or help deal with the situation later on such as law enforcement officers and emergency workers may all be affected by PTSD. The symptoms can be different in every person and can vary based on the nature of the experience. For example, PTSD from natural disaster can be very different from PTSD from assault.

Some of the leading causes of PTSD are:

  • War
  • Childhood neglect
  • Unexpected death
  • Physical abuse
  • Terrorist attack
  • Assault
  • Plane or car crash
  • Kidnapping
  • Natural disaster
  • Rape

There may be certain existing issues that can put certain people at a higher risk of developing PTSD. The severity of trauma, duration of the event, existing emotional condition and level of social support available are all factors that may contribute towards PTSD. Other than these risk factors, women, adolescents, children, individuals with learning disabilities, and those who experience domestic violence are at a greater risk of developing mental health trauma.

It is difficult to predict who will develop PTSD and how the symptoms will manifest. However, if you feel stuck in your situation, helpless and depressed, it is important to seek trauma treatment immediately. If you suspect that a friend or loved one is displaying signs of PTSD and needs help, encourage them to talk to a healthcare professional. The sooner you confront the problem, the easier it will be to overcome. PTSD is nothing to be ashamed of. With the right support and guidance, you can come to terms with your past and learn how to move on.

We are here to help. Admissions coordinators at our toll-free helpline are available 24 hours a day to provide you the information and PTSD help you need to overcome and heal from trauma.