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Men, women respond to trauma differently

Men and women may respond to trauma differently with

the latter more prone to stress and anxiety disorders,

says a new study.

Men may experience more traumatic events than women,

but women are more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - an anxiety disorder developed after experiencing a traumatic event, reported the online edition of health magazine WebMD.

Symptoms of PTSD may include flashbacks or re-experiencing the trauma, sleep problems, nightmares, panic attacks and depression, said researchers who reviewed 290 studies conducted between 1980 and 2005.

David Tolin of University of Connecticut School of Medicine and

Edna Foa of University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine conducted

the study to determine who is more at risk for potentially traumatic events and PTSD - men or women.

The results showed men have a higher risk of experiencing

traumatic events but women have higher rates of the disorder.

The researchers found that women are more likely to have

experienced sexual assault and child sexual abuse, but less likely

to have experienced accidents, non-sexual assaults, disasters,

war, or witness death or injury.

The results suggest that sexual trauma may cause more emotional

suffering, leading to PTSD. But the study also showed that women

still had higher PTSD rates than men when both sexes were

compared on the same type of trauma.

For example, female survivors of motor vehicle accidents were more

likely to report symptoms of PTSD than male survivors.

Researchers said experiencing more than one type of trauma

may make women more prone to PTSD than men.

Hi, This study has thrown up very interesting findings. This insight helps while dealing with female employees. ( It helps to develop empathy for them.) regards, AM
I am not sure if it can be taken as true . One of the reasons why men do not complain is that they feel that there views will not be taken seriously if they complain of trauma.

In fact that men are more likley to complain in a semi joking format . where are women are more liley to crib .

It is how the various services are marketted that men and women traumatised.

The current mechanism available for complaining to men are hostile to them and hence they do not complain even though they may be feeling traumatised. The counsellors or psychiatirst typically come accross as hostile or trying to prove that somehow they are wrong which would only lead them to be furthur traumatised.

A clear example seems of the harassed husband which has surprisingly recieved huge amount of complaints which means that men will express their trauma & feelings given a chance and non hostile environment. Very few women have complained to them so it is clear that provided an environmetn men will express their trauma

And how about trauma faced by faced male employees . Should we ignore the male employess at all ?
I have a (male) friend who suffers from PTSD. He had it for 20 years before he got so sick he sought help. I know several others with the same illness, but they rarely talk about it.
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