PTSD can occur in individuals who have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event, causing them debilitating stress. Some of the common causes of PTSD include war/combat, natural disaster, violence against their person, among other traumatic events.

While women are twice as likely to experience post-traumatic stress, it is a disorder that affects both genders and all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic barriers. The extreme stress and anxiety that comes as a result of trauma can be eased with various forms of therapies, inoculation training, medications and the use of weighted blankets with deep pressure stimulation.

With so many Americans suffering silently from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and its serious effects, it is important to recognize the signs of PTSD and know when it is time to intervene.

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