Who can get PTSD?

When we think of PTSD, we think a lot about veterans. But PTSD is a common mental health condition, and can affect anyone.

Some people who get PTSD include:

  • Anyone who was a victim, witnessed or has been exposed to a life-threatening situation.

  • Survivors of violent acts, such as domestic violence, rape, sexual, physical and/or verbal abuse or physical attacks.

  • Survivors of unexpected dangerous events, such as a car accident, natural disaster, or terrorist attack.

  • Combat veterans or civilians exposed to war.

  • People who have learned of or experienced an unexpected and sudden death of a friend or relative.

  • Emergency responders who help victims during traumatic events.

  • Children and adults who have been repeatedly bullied or cyberbullied.

  • Children who are neglected and/or abused (physically, sexually or verbally).

Related Topics

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  1. Anxiety
  2. PTSD
  3. Trauma
  4. Youth

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