experiencing PTSD can live a normal and regular life depending
on the severity of the disease. There is no set behavior pattern.
The severity of the trauma and the environment the individual
is in after the event occurs can have some bearing on an individual's
reaction or response, but there is no way to clearly state how
an individual with such a disorder will behave.
|Who Is Most
Likely to Develop PTSD?
suffered abuse as children or who have had previous traumatic
experiences are more likely to develop the disorder. Research
is continuing to pinpoint other factors that may lead to PTSD.
At one point it was believed that people who tend to be emotionally
numb after a trauma were showing a healthy response, but now
researchers believe that these people are more prone to develop
PTSD First Occur?
|PTSD is diagnosed
when symptoms last more than 1 month. PTSD can develop at any
age, including in childhood. Symptoms usually begin within 3
months of a traumatic event, although occasionally they do not
begin until years later. Once PTSD occurs, the severity and
duration of the illness varies. Some people recover within 6
months, while others suffer much longer.