June 12

Women and PTSD

About 10% of women overall will develop PTSD at some point in their lives. Compare that to 4 % of men. Why are women especially susceptible to PTSD?

  • Women are more likely to experience the trauma of sexual assault.
  • Women are more likely to have been neglected or abused in childhood.
  • Most men can overpower most women, so women are more vulnerable to physical abuse, domestic violence, and violent crimes.
  • Women are more likely to have a loved one who suddenly dies.

These facts* are not intended in any way to minimize men’s experiences with PTSD. Trauma and PTSD are devastating to everyone alike.

*Facts from National Center for PTSD