UK: PTSD strikes one in 13 youngsters

11 April 2019

One in 13 young people in the UK have had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) before reaching the age of 18, new research suggests.

The first UK-based study of its kind, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, found that 31% of young people had a traumatic experience during childhood such as assault or abuse, and they were twice as likely as their peers to have mental health disorders.

One in four of those exposed to trauma met the criteria for PTSD – but only a minority had received help.

Researchers interviewed 2232 children born in England and Wales in 1994-95.

Three in four of those who developed PTSD also had another mental health condition at age 18.

Professor Andrea Danese said: ‘Childhood trauma is a public health concern yet trauma-related disorders often go unnoticed.’

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