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    What can cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

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    The situations that we find traumatic vary from person to person. There are many harmful events that can cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. These include life threatening events such as being in a car crash, traumatic childbirth, having a terminal illness, being kidnapped or held hostage and violent assault. Certain jobs are at higher risk of people developing PTSD due to the nature of the work e.g., working in the emergency services or armed forces where they witness or repeatedly hear of people being hurt or killed. Being raped or sexually assaulted can cause post-traumatic stress symptoms. Abuse, harassment or bullying including racism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia or transphobia and other types of abuse targeting identity can cause someone to develop PTSD.

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