It's estimated that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will affect 8 million Americans this year, and 4 in 100 men and 10 in 100 women will be diagnosed with PTSD at some point in their lives.
This disorder has long been associated with shame, which keeps many people, especially older generations, from seeking necessary treatment. This trepidation can lead to secondary health issues and may instigate premature aging.
Although there's strong evidence to indicate PTSD has always been a diagnosis for survivors of war, it has only recently been recognized as a condition in its own category.
In America, trauma-related conditions were noted during the Civil War, and they were given the term "shell shock" during WWI because the condition was thought to be the result of being too close to the explosions of shells from artillery. It wasn't until WWII that the then-current term "battle fatigue" changed to Combat Stress Reaction (CSR).
In 1952, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) published the first Diagnostic and