Experiencing intense or long-lasting trauma
Having experienced other trauma earlier in life
Having other mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression
Lacking a good support system of family and friends
Having first-degree relatives with mental health problems, including PTSD
Having first-degree relatives with depression
Having been abused or neglected as a child
Women may be at increased risk of PTSD because they are more likely to experience the kinds of trauma that can trigger the condition.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is especially common among those who have served in combat. It's sometimes called "shell shock," "battle fatigue" or "combat stress."
The most common events leading to the development of PTSD include:
Childhood neglect and physical abuse
Being threatened with a weapon
But many other traumatic events also can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder, including:
Life-threatening medical diagnosis
And other extreme or life-threatening events