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Post-traumatic stress disorder: We need more awareness about events that trigger it

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is more likely to be recognized in those suffering military combat trauma than in rape and accident victims, according to new research. During the research, nearly 3,000 participants were shown a description of an individual experiencing identical PTSD symptoms, such as flashbacks, in relation to either military combat, a serious industrial accident or sexual assault, in particular rape. In comparison to those shown the military scenario, participants were much less likely to recognize the symptoms as PTSD, or even consider them a mental health problem, when associated with either an industrial accident or serious sexual assault.
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