PTSD More Likely for the Highly Anxious


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that arises after someone has an unsettling emotional experience.

While PTSD is commonly associated with large-scale events like natural disasters and war, some people can get it from experiences that are more commonplace, like a divorce or a loss of a job.

At Michigan State, new research is showing that people who exhibit more traits of neuroticism (such as frequent worrying and anxiety) have a higher chance of developing PTSD after a trauma.

You can read more about the association between PTSD and high anxiety at the link below.

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mikedavis February 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm

This really isn’t surprising research, is it? I mean, it only stands to reason that if you’re already prone to high anxiety levels then a traumatic event is more likely to cause an adverse reaction. Back in the day, high anxiety people were called ‘high-strung’, or at least, they were in my neck of the woods.


Rich Presta February 24, 2013 at 12:48 am

Anxiety disorders were certainly not given the attention they deserve in years passed, which caused a lot of unnecessary suffering and struggle for people. Now that we’re smarter we can do a lot better than “high-strung”, just like we now know more about conditions like dyslexia and don’t just chalk it up to being “dumb” or some other ridiculous and ignorant view.


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