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  Statistics & Benefits of TL1

Some Trauma Statistics and the benefits of TraumaLine1

  • A 2009 study by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that approximately 7.7 million American adults age 18 and older, or about 3.5 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have PTSD. Once associated mainly with veterans of the Vietnam War, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is now being related to many trauma inducing experiences such as rape, abuse, disasters, accidents, and torture. Studies have shown that about 30% of veterans, 45% of battered women, 50% of sexually abused children, and 35% of adult rape victims are likely to suffer from PTSD at some point in their lifetime. Most studies and reviews focus on military veterans, but there is increasing interest in other groups who are susceptible – health workers, police, and fire-fighters. Researchers in the UK found a prevalence rate of 13% for PTSD symptoms amongst suburban police officers. Rates in urban police officers and officers in armed situations may be higher. Prevalence rates for PTSD in the community are probably about 2–3%. Rates of PTSD in police forces are therefore likely to be four to six times higher than in the general public. Rates of PTSD symptoms in professional fire-fighters may be as high as 18%.

  • A 2008 study revealed that the prevalence rate of lifetime PTSD in Canada was estimated to be 9.2%, with a rate of current (1-month) PTSD of 2.4%. Traumatic exposure to at least one event sufficient to cause PTSD was reported by 76.1% of respondents (Amerigen, Mancini, Patterson, Boyle, 2008 "CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics).
  • It is important for anyone with PTSD to be treated by a mental health care provider who is experienced with PTSD.
  • Many people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may desire some kind of psychological treatment for their symptoms but not know how to go about finding a therapist in their area that treats PTSD. Finding a mental health provider can be an overwhelming and stressful task if you do not know where to look. Increasingly, potential clients are searching for therapists online more often than through the Yellow Pages as there is typically more information regarding the specialties and therapeutic approaches of skilled counselors on the web.
  • TraumaLine1 answers a specific need for trauma survivors searching for care right now.

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