Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Critical Thinking Question

List some of the risk factors associated with the development of PTSD following a traumatic event.


Risk factors associated with PTSD include gender (female), low socioeconomic status, low intelligence, personal and family history of mental illness, and childhood abuse or trauma. Personality factors, including neuroticism and somatization, may also serve as risk factors. Also, certain versions of a gene that regulates serotonin may constitute a diathesis.