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Why Doesn’t Everyone Get PTSD?

July 31, 2011

Have you ever wondered why everyone doesn’t get PTSD?  Though 20%-30% seems like a pretty significant number it still isn’t 100%.  This includes two people seeing the exact same thing and one may not be affected nearly as much as the other. 

From current trends that integrate neuropsychiatry , infant psychiatry, and clinical psychiatry are generating more models of the early genesis of a predisposition to psychiatric disorders, including PTSD.  Data indicates that traumatic attachments, expressed in episodes of hyper arousal and dissociation, are imprinted into the developing limbic and autonomic nervous systems of the early maturing right brain. These lasting structural changes lead to the inefficient stress coping mechanisms that lies at the core of infant, child, and adult post traumatic stress disorders.

That is to say this situation could have happened to you a long time ago and all it is waiting for, is for some trigger to set it off.  Since life is filled with potential triggers, it is not then unusual for someone to stumble upon one and then have to cope with this new emotional PTSD distress fom that point forward.

Knowing this, then it makes more sense why everyone doesn’t react in the same way.  It also opens up an escape route for insurance carriers who are now starting to use preexisting condition to avoid payment for this disorder.