Risk factors for PTSD




▪ Estimated risk for developing PTSD for those who have experienced the following traumatic events:

Rape (49 percent)

▪ Severe beating or physical assault (31.9 percent)

▪ Other sexual assault (23.7 percent)

▪ Serious accident or injury, for example, car or train accident (16.8 percent)

▪ Shooting or stabbing (15.4 percent)

▪ Sudden, unexpected death of family member or friend (14.3 percent)

▪ Child’s life-threatening illness (10.4 percent)

▪ Witness to killing or serious injury (7.3 percent)

▪ Natural disaster (3.8 percent)

My two cents: Again Complex PTSD and childhood abuse are not listed.

Growing up with an abusive parent has to have a high rate of PTSD.

We have the least amount of skills to survive a first caregiver.



7 responses to this post.

  1. I think what’s happened is the traumatic response to childhood abuse is more likely to be listed under the criteria for C-PTSD, which is a proposed diagnostic category for the traumatic aftermath of early childhood abuse that was prolonged and inescapable. I am diagnosed with C-PTSD. I have all of the symptoms of PTSD plus other symptoms normally seen in people who were abused as toddlers.

  2. I also have complex PTSD

    Complex can also be an extended prison sentence

    I think it should be labeled childhood PTSD

    As I said our minds are not developed yet and trauma is hidden with brain development

    Some parts get stuck in childhood

    I also think Ptsd from a single event is anything but simple

    We heal the same way

    It takes a deeper more energetic approach

    My symptoms seemed to always be with me from earliest remembrance

  3. I think you have a point with Childhood PTSD. The only problem I see with it is that PTSD is an aftermath of an abused childhood. As a child I became an anxiety-ridden mess, as an adult, I learned to mask the anxiety and other symptoms and limped along in my field until I reached my mid-50’s when the symptoms emerged to such an extent I had to stop working. Many of the adults we see living on our streets, suffering through addiction, and struggling to cope with a mental health system that stigmatizes people with chronic mental health problems, live in the aftermath of an abusive childhood. One solution is to describe it as Childhood-Onset PTSD.

  4. My childhood ptsd did not erupt until I was 55 with a family crisis with my daughter

    I knew something was wrong
    I was different
    Anxiety haunted me

    And did not realize I had endured other traumas until I healed most of my childhood trauma

    Then other event emerged

  5. That’s interesting. I’ve read that men become more symptomatic in late middle-age. I think it has something to do with feeling more vulnerable in the world. As a young man I was strong, worked out with weights and knew how to fight. I’ve always known something was wrong.

  6. Like Vietnam vets
    Some get Ptsd right away others carry theirs until a great stress
    Cancer, loss or another trauma activates it

    One Friday nite the phone rang
    It was my daughter a 1000 miles away in an accident hurting

    I was helpless

    My father appeared right in front of my face

    Life has changed and never would be the same

    Ptsd is stored at the time it happens with the skills available at that time

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