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by: Luke Scroggins

Most everybody these days has heard of PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

We tend to think of this as being a disorder for those who have been in combat situations, and indeed that’s true, but PTSD can also develop in anyone who is a first responder, a firefighter, a police officer, a medic – or anyone who has been through a life-threatening event: an assault, a robbery, an automobile accident, fire, hurricane or flood.

In fact, women are about twice as likely as men to suffer from PTSD at some point during in their lifetime. Additionally, children who experience traumatic events are almost four times as likely to develop PTSD as military veterans.

Regardless of the cause, the symptoms for PTSD are the same. They range from feelings of isolation and negativity, to the hyper-awareness and increased arousal that we usually associate with PTSD.

An estimated 8% of Americans − 24.4 million people − have PTSD at any given time according to PTSD United, that is equal to the total population of the state of Texas.

The societal and economic burden of PTSD is extremely heavy. The annual cost is considered to be well over $42.3 billion, often due to misdiagnosis and under treatment.

If you or someone you know is experiencing PTSD, call us at Clinical Trials of Texas: (210) 949-0122 to find out if you qualify for one of our multiple ongoing PTSD research studies. You can also learn more in the ‘Studies’ section of our website.