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Oklahoman Published: November 22, 2012

PTSD Facts

- About 7.7 million people in the United States are estimated to be affected by PTSD.

- Military members who have not seen combat and the public at-large show a similar rate of PTSD symptoms, at about 5 percent.

- Military members returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan screen positive for PTSD symptoms at a rate of 20 percent. Anonymous reporting surveys show rates as high as 40 percent or more.

- Research into Vietnam veterans shows a similar PTSD rate at 15 to 20 percent of those who saw combat.

- The average time between when someone first feels symptoms of PTSD and when they first seek treatment is 12 years.

- Sexual assault and rape are also common triggers of PTSD. As many as half of men and women who are sexually assaulted will develop PTSD.

Sources: U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Anxiety and Depression Association of America