PTSD affects up to 30% of people who experience a traumatic event. It affects around 5% of men and 10% of women at some point during their life, and can occur at any age, including during childhood.
PTSD first came to prominence during the First World War after soldiers suffered harrowing experiences in the trenches. Their condition became known as shell shock or battle fatigue syndrome. It has not been until fairly recently that it has been accepted that traumatic events outside of war situations have similar effects.
As recsently as the 31 Jul 2009 there was a TV programme (Panorama – the trauma industry) which heavily implied that anyone claming PTSD due to a none military event was mearly after an insurance claime. The programme implied that people see PTSD as an easy disorder to fake as it’s an “invisable illness”
But this is not true. After all any traumatic or life threatenng event will shatter your world view, making the “safe predictable world” that you knew a distant memory, and replacing it with a dangerous, unpradictable world with threats around every corner. This could be any event from a car crash to a rape, no one can judge what is or is not traumatic to anyone else, and noone should be seen as “weak” for reacting in this way to an event.