Likelihood of Getting Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Could Be Linked To Genetics


In New York, scientists from the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium PTSD Working Group found that genetics have more to do with getting post traumatic stress disorder that originally thought. Researchers often wondered why some people who have a traumatic event, like prisoners of war or rape victims, get PTSD while others don’t. While PTSD is triggered by a traumatic event, your genetic makeup can partially be to blame as well. Over 20,000 people were included in the study including genome-wide studies and they found that women of European ancestry are the most likely to have genetic heritability for PTSD, compared to only 7 percent of men. This information can be useful for people who know they are more likely to develop PTSD due to their genetic background so that they can get treated as soon as trauma occurs rather than waiting for PTSD symptoms to unravel.