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Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):
Epidemiology

Prevalence

The frequency of the development of a posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a traumatic event depends, among other things, on the type of traumatic experience. Up to 50% of rape victims and war victims develop symptoms of PTSD. Among the victims of other violent crimes approximately 25% develop a posttraumatic stress disorder. Traffic accidents or severe illnesses such as heart attacks or cancer lead in about 15% of the patients to a PTSD. If left untreated, there is a strong tendency to chronicity.

In the overall population there is a likelihood of approximately 1-9% of developing a PTSD later in life, with women being affected about twice as often as men.

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References

PTSD: Guidelines
 

Flatten G, Gast U, Hofmann A, Knaevelsrud Ch, Lampe A et al. (2011). S3 - Leitlinie Posttraumatische Belastungsstörung. Trauma & Gewalt 3: 202-210.

National Institute for Clinical Excellence - NICE (2005): Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). London: NICE (Clinical Guideline 26).

 

PTBS: Epidemiologie  PTSD: Epidemiology  PTSD: Epidemiology

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