Other traumas that can lead to PTSD include interpersonal violence, natural disasters, difficult childbirth experiences, work-related experiences of first-responders, bullying or abuse, and diagnosis with a life-threatening illness (Mind).
2. People with PTSD are violent.
People with PTSD are not violent! The vast majority of individuals with PTSD never engage in any acts of violence, especially serious acts of violence (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs). When people with PTSD do behave aggressively, it is often triggered by intense fear associated with flashbacks and hyperarousal.
3. Having PTSD means a person is “weak” or incapable of handling a hard situation. Mentally “tough” people will not develop PTSD.
There are many factors that influence whether or not an individual will develop PTSD after a trauma. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, risk factors for developing PTSD include exposure to multiple traumas, feelings of horror or helplessness during the trauma, limited social support, additional stressors associated with the trauma (such as losing a job), and a history of mental illness or substance abuse. None of these factors indicate that someone is “weak”.