4 thoughts on “Why Do Some People Get PTSD and Others Don’t?

  • May 2, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    I appreciate the diagram to visually see the factors leading to PTSD. As a wellness coach I am wondering if it would be possible to identify what a person can do to have a positive influence regarding each factor and develop resilient steps for the future.
    Crap happens and knowing we can influence and make positive choices regarding each factor might help.

    • May 3, 2014 at 8:54 am

      That’s a great point! Resilience is such an interesting issue and unfortunately doesn’t get the same attention as treatment.
      The meta-analysis that’s linked to in the article found that factors connected to the event had a bigger impact than ones prior. There is some research on social support, especially negative responses, after an event. There are some interesting theories about body response immediately after an event. And positive psychology has been doing resilience work with the Army that has some encouraging results–that’s described in a previous post, maybe from January.

  • May 3, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I was diagnosed with PTSD in 2005. I have always been an extremely resilient, present, strong and capable woman. I’m still here, fighting. Do I feel resilient – not all but my daughter reached out to the community as a whole without silence and made me realize that I am not alone and that people care and will do what they can to help and support me.

    I was also lucky enough to finally find someone who specializes in PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder (funny that – as a mental health worker whenever I heard that stupid term I always said, what came first, the trauma or the disorder – the trauma of course).

    PTSD is complex, which is why people like me are diagnosed with Complex PTSD – it’s the stacking of trauma on top of trauma. Sometimes, we just reach a breaking point. Community, family, organizations, medical and government organizations need to work in cohesion. Because it doesn’t take a village to raise a kid – It TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES – EACH OTHER.

  • February 24, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    I think having siblings plays a part in resilience and processing trauma. I know there had been some research around siblings and resilience.


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