Am I At Risk?

Details of PTSD focus primarily on the way the brain is affected by traumatic experiences. Theorists speculate upon experiencing overwhelming stress, your head struggles to process thoughts and data in a standard way. It is as though the feelings and emotions during the time of the traumatic event accept a life in their own, causing distress and later intruding into consciousness.

Pre-traumatic psychological factors (for example, low selfesteem) will make this method worse (for example, low selfesteem maybe reinforced by a brutal rape). Post-traumatic responses by others (for example, a raped woman who’s seen by household as “dirty”) and by the home (for example, physical distress caused by memories of the rape) could also may play a role in influencing whether such symptoms persist. It’s hypothesized that only who gets PTSD? after successful reprocessing of the traumatic event(s) do PTSD symptoms decrease.