Emotional Trauma & PTSD
After having been exposed to a serious threat or actual physical trauma (war, accidents, personal injury) or abuse (physical, sexual, emotional), many people develop a set of emotional, cognitive, or behavioral symptoms, also known as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The immediate response of fear, helplessness, or horror often gives way to lingering effects that can be intense at times and can affect your life in many ways. Take this questionnaire to help you focus on and identify the specific symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder that you have experienced or may still be experiencing.
Modern general population surveys suggest that about one third of women and one sixth of men in North America report sexual victimization that occurred during or before their midteens (Finkelhor, Hotaling, Lewis, & Smith, 1989; Peters, Wyatt, & Finkelhor, 1986; Russell, 1983b). Other studies report that more than one half of teenage and adult prostitutes have histories of childhood sexual abuse and that similar numbers of substance abusers were sexually abused as children (Bagley & Young, 1987: Briere & Runtz, 1987). Even more relevant to mental health workers are the results of research indicating that between 40% and 70% of women requesting psychotherapy or psychiatric services report having been sexually abused during childhood (Briere, 1992a). […] most of these studies indicate that childhood sexual abuse is associated with serious long-term psychological harm, including poor self-esteem, posttraumatic stress, depression, substance abuse, sexual problems, interpersonal difficulties, and self-injurious behaviors.–Briere, J. (1996). Therapy for adults molested as children: Beyond survival. Springer Publishing Company.