According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH, 2012) the prevalence of traumatic stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are on the rise, both through direct and vicarious means. It is estimated currently that between 52-67% of Americans will experience traumatic or repeated traumatic events in their lifetime.
Science can be so cool and amazing!
There I said it. I admit it. I'm fascinated by the scientific world and I love doing research.
As much as I am equally devoted to intuition and spiritual pursuits, I have an analytical mind that revels in creating hypotheses, gathering data, and testing results.
In truth I come by it honestly, all those days as a kid asking "why", "how come", and then stating "well it could happen", created the perfect environment for being stimulated and inspired by discovery.
Currently, in the United States, it is estimated that over 70% of the population has experienced a traumatic event that resulted in traumatic stress (Sidran Institute, 2012). Of that 70%, approximately 67% have or will develop symptoms of PTSD. At present 7.7 million people have been diagnosed with PTSD in the United States; with approximately 31.3 million more suffering from traumatic stress and comorbid disorders.