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