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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the UK 2020

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the UK 2020

About a third of all adults in England report having experienced at least one traumatic event. Traumatic events were defined as experiences that either put a person, or someone close to them, at risk of serious harm or death, like a major natural disaster, a serious car accident, being raped, or a loved one dying by murder or suicide.

Individuals who experience such trauma may go on to develop PTSD. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a severe and disabling condition, characterised by flashbacks, nightmares, avoidance, numbing and hyper-vigilance. While effective treatment exist, many with the condition delay seeking help or are not identified by health services.

How many are affected in the UK?

A survey completed by the office of national statistics in 2014 had participants complete a 17 item PTSD checklist. Those with a score of 50 ore more were identified as screening positive for PTSD. A positive screen did not mean that a disorder was present, only that there was sufficient symptoms to warrant a further investigation.

Overall, about one in twenty (4.4%) screened positive, with similar rates for bot men and women. Among women, the likelihood of screening positive for PTSD was particularly high among 16-24 year olds with 12.6% positive. This then declined sharply with age, while in men the rate remained stable between the ages of 16 and 64, declining in much later life.

People screening positive for PTSD were about six times more likely to have recently used health care for a mental or emotional problem, than those who screened negative (60.5% compared with 10.4%). However, by no means all had done so: four in ten adults who screened positive had not spoken with a GP about mental or emotional health in the last year (39.8%).

Around half of those screened positive for PTSD (50.9%) were currently receiving treatment for a mental or emotional problem. The most common form of treatment was psychotropic (mental health) medication, either on its own (26.9% of those who screened positive), or in a combination with psychological therapy (16.7%). Psychological therapy without medication was the least common form of treatment (7.3%).

Is the problem growing?

Although this survey was taken in 2014 the evidence very much reflects the growing problem within society. The next survey is due to take place in 2021 and will provide us with comparable results. We know how crippling post traumatic stress disorder can be for victims and that’s why we offer our services on a no win no fee basis to help victims get the support and compensation they deserve.

We believe that all those suffering should have access to the support from medical professionals, we have seen first hand how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can change peoples lives. We have also seen how with the right care and support people can move on from the traumatic event still causing them pain.

Source: https://files.digital.nhs.uk/pdf/q/3/mental_health_and_wellbeing_in_england_full_report.pdf

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