Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affects 800,000 Australians

Posted on August 29, 2013

As many as 800,000 Australians suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at any given time, making it the second most common mental health disorder, new figures reveal.

Meanwhile, medical experts are being urged to pay particular attention to the signs of PTSD in children and teenagers, in whom the condition often goes undiagnosed.

The Australian Centre for Post Traumatic Mental Health estimates that up to 10 per cent of people will suffer from PTSD at some point in their lives.

"PTSD is one of the newer diagnoses, and so from that perspective it's taken some time for the recognition of PTSD as a condition to be kind of filter through to the professional and broader Australian community," Professor Forbes said.

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Category(s):Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD

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