Did You Know?

An estimated 70 percent of adults have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives and up to 20 percent of these people go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

An estimated 1 out of 10 women will develop PTSD at some time in their lives.

PTSD symptoms usually develop within the first three months after trauma, but may not appear until months or years have passed.

PTSD and Depression

Depression is a common problem that can occur following trauma. It involves feelings of sadness or low mood that last more than just a few days. Unlike a blue mood that comes and goes, depression is longer lasting. Depression can get in the way of daily life and make it hard to function.

“Depression is more than just feeling sad. Most people with depression feel down or sad more days than not for at least 2 weeks. Or they find they no longer enjoy or have interest in things anymore.” – PTSD

Some History of PTSD

One of the most important discoveries is that emotional trauma such as PTSD causes physical symptoms. Sigmund Freud was probably the first person who has pointed this out.

​A misconceptions about the history of psychoanalysis is the belief that Freud’s early patients came to him because they were suffering from emotional difficulties or because they displayed symptoms which clearly had a psychological origin.

The reality was very different. A large proportion of the patients whom Freud treated during his early years in private practice had initially sought medical advice because they were suffering from physical symptoms; they had enlisted the help of a physician for no other reason than that they believed themselves to be ill. Among their symptoms were headaches, muscular pain, neuralgia, gastric pain, tics, vomiting, clonic spasms, petit mal, epileptoid convulsions, and a host of other physical reactions.

​It was Freud who, by either making or confirming a diagnosis of hysteria, came to the conclusion that the origin of these symptoms was to be found in his patients’ emotional lives – and specifically in the traumatic events which had supposedly given rise to their illnesses.


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