“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
About 70% of adults in the U.S. have been exposed to or have experienced some type of traumatic event. Of this population, 20% develop PTSD.
(Statistics taken from: ptsdunited.org)
Trauma and stressor-related disorders are characterized by exposure to traumatic or stressful events that overwhelm the natural ability to cope. The exposure may be a one-time experience, such as a natural disaster or car accident, or repetitive experiences, such as sexual or physical abuse, combat, battering relationships, etc. (Bessel van der Kolf, 1987).