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PTSD affects people from all walks of life, not just those that have served in the military. Both soldiers and civilians can be diagnosed with PTSD after experiencing a traumatic event. Your mom, dad, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, grandparent, or best friend could be affected. It can even affect you.

Over the decades, research has shown us that the disorder affects both women and men. However, it affects them differently.

In this week’s series, we are focused on the effects of PTSD on men, both soldiers and civilians, as well as things you can do to help.

Men with PTSD are more likely to experience irritability, impulsivity, comorbid substance use disorders, paranoia, and exaggerated startle response.

Between 11 and 20 percent of veterans that served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom have PTSD.

Non-Combat PTSD can affect all ages, genders, income levels, ethnicities and lifestyles.

5 to 6 percent of civilian men also develop PTSD. Non-Combat PTSD is caused by traumatic events including serious accidents, abuse, and life-threatening illnesses.

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Photo Credit: National Geographic

Sources: US Department of Veterans Affairs,, Psychology Today, Faces of PTSD, Help Guide, Success TMS