One of the most common causes of traumatic stress in the United States is auto accidents. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, accidents were shown to be the traumatic event most frequently experienced by men (25%) and the second most frequently experienced by women (13%).
Despite their similar symptoms, people oftentimes talk about the effects of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as if they were mutually exclusive conditions - which, in many cases, they are. But did you know that individuals who suffer a TBI actually have a higher risk of developing PTSD? Depending on the severity of trauma and the circumstances in which a person suffers a TBI, brain damage can cause individuals to develop PTSD-like symptoms.