It is estimated that 30 percent of those who are sent to a foreign country during a war will experience PTSD symptoms. When a military professional is in combat, they are 49 percent likely to experience this anxiety based condition. Not everyone who sees or experiences these issues will suffer from this psychiatric disorder. However, the more horrific the event, the more likely a person is to be permanently altered. Some say that mind is unable to process all that it has seen and experienced and it shuts down certain parts to protect itself.
Some people are more likely to develop PTSD than others. PTSD tends to run higher in some nationalities than others. Those who are African-Americans or Hispanics are at a higher risk than those who are Caucasian. Some say this is due to the fact that these groups are more likely to go through distress. In Vietnam, the surviving veterans were mostly the African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans cultures. The culture in which one is born may also affect how a person reacts to trauma. Some are more willing to talk about their problems than others. Keeping things bottled up inside can be a trigger for psychiatric disorders.
Other significant triggers for this psychiatric disorder is drinking a great deal of alcohol, having a poor educational background, the recent loss of a loved one, and stressful life changes. Having a family that is not supportive or having other mental health issues can also be to triggers for PTSD. Though to be in the military one must go through rigorous physical and mental screenings, family genetics can have a big impact. A person may be fine when they enter the military, but a tragic event can trigger a mental issue that was underlying. As a mental health disorder related to anxiety, those who already suffer from anxiety are more than likely to develop other types of anxiety. For instance, those who suffer from GAD, or Generalized Anxiety Disorder, are likely to suffer from PTDS after a traumatic event.