Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Rape Trauma

What is PTSD?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can occur when individuals are exposed to traumatic situations where either their own lives or others are at risk. Any event such as a car accident, sexual or physical assault, combat in war, natural or man-made disasters, or witnessing any type of violence can lead to a person experiencing PTSD. The symptoms of PTSD can include:

There are several factors which will determine if a person develops Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in response to trauma. These include family history, previous experiences with trauma, the chronicity and proximity to the trauma, and the severity of the trauma, to name a few.

In short, not everyone will develop PTSD when exposed to trauma. In addition, many people will exhibit symptoms of PTSD for a few weeks after being exposed to trauma but then may never go on to develop full-blown PTSD.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as those listed above in response to a trauma and it has been at least a month, you may be experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Counseling Center counselors are trained to assist you in recovering from PTSD. If longer term work is needed, we can refer you to the appropriate sources of help. Call our office at 788-5015 for an appointment and we’ll be glad to help.

To learn more about reporting a rape or sexual assault to campus officials, please read about Sexual Misconduct Resources for Students.

Related Topics:
Sexual Assault