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).