There are many possible causes of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). The term PTSD is one I had long associated with soldiers returning from war. Shell-shock. Battle Fatigue. Combat Fatigue. Those were terms I had seen in movies. For years, I was living with the symptoms caused by trauma and didn’t even think that PTSD would apply to me. 

Anyone can develop PTSD at any age. This includes war veterans, children, and people who have been through a physical or sexual assault, abuse, accident, disaster, or other serious events. According to the National Center for PTSD, about 7 or 8 out of every 100 people will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men, and genes may make some people more likely to develop PTSD than others.

Here Are Some Possible Causes of PTSD outside of combat

Sexual Abuse

Unfortunately, sexual abuse is more common than any of us would like to acknowledge. Especially in children.  This is a powerful trauma that many victims struggle to process effectively and therefore lead to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Emotional Abuse

The mind can only take so much abuse before it changes in a negative way. Emotional abuse can have effects that last years after the abuse. This can happen in adults, as well as children.

Physical Abuse Or Other Violence

Physical abuse or other violence. Regular physical abuse can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s also possible for single events to result in PTSD. This can include being the victim of a violent crime such as robbery or rape.


It could be a car accident, almost falling off a cliff, the health issues of a loved one, or seeing someone suffer an injury. Nearly anything that creates a strong stress response can cause PTSD.


Many mental illnesses can be stressful. They can also make the sufferer much more susceptible to stressful events.

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