Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that may occur in people who experience or witness intense violence, serious accidents, or life-threatening situations. PTSD can affect people of any age, including children. About 7.5 percent of Americans will experience PTSD in their lifetime. About 5 million Americans will suffer from PTSD during any year. Women are twice as likely to experience PTSD as men. People with PTSD oftentimes also suffer from depression or other mental disorders.
War veterans, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and EMT workers are particularly vulnerable to PTSD. Anyone with PTSD is at a high risk for suicide. PTSD is highly treatable with a combination of drug therapy and psychotherapy. If you or someone you may have PTSD, please get help immediately. Make an appointment with a medical doctor and a therapist as soon as possible so you can be evaluated and receive treatment.
11 Known Facts About Suicide
1. Nearly 30,000 Americans commit suicide every year.
2. In the U.S., suicide rates are highest during the spring.
3. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds and 2nd for 24 to 35-year-olds.
4. On average, 1 person commits suicide every 16.2 minutes.
5. Each suicide intimately affects at least 6 other people.
6. About 2/3 of people who complete suicide are depressed at the time of their deaths. Depression that is untreated, undiagnosed, or ineffectively treated is the number 1 cause of suicide.
7. There is 1 suicide for every 25 attempted suicides.
8. Males make up 79% of all while women are more prone to having suicidal thoughts.
9. 1 in 65,000 children ages 10 to 14 commit suicide each year.
10. There are 2 times as many deaths due to suicide than HIV/AIDS.
11. Over 50% of all suicides are completed with a firearm.
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