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How PTSD Can Alter Your Brain Forever

PTSD has a negative connotation. But not only is it a real mental illness, you don't have to be a soldier to suffer from it.

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Traumatic Stress: Effects on the Brain (NIH)
"To understand how traumatic stress occurring at different stages of the life cycle interacts with the developing brain, it is useful to review normal brain development. The normal human brain undergoes changes in structure and function across the lifespan from early childhood to late life."

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder What Happens in the Brain? (Washington Academy of Sciences)
"Women are twice as likely as men to develop PTSD."
"PTSD has expanded from its original wartime definition to include all people, not just soldiers. It can result from a single or prolonged life-threatening event."

What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? (WebMd)
"In one out of 10 Americans, the traumatic event causes a cascade of psychological and biological changes known as post-traumatic stress disorder. "
"Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is among only a few mental illnesses that are triggered by a disturbing outside event, unlike other psychiatric disorders such as clinical depression."