Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an unexpected response to a significant trauma. While the effects of PTSD can be disabling for those with the disorder, suicide is still an uncommon result of PTSD.

There are several risk factors for suicide. PTSD has a major correlation to suicide if the sufferer also possessed the following criteria:

  • The person has experienced chronic symptoms (persistent symptoms for more than one year)
  • The person also experienced childhood trauma or abuse
  • The person has experienced a gender-specific depression component (This is typically disabling depression with women, and uncontrollable episodes of rage with men)
  • The person is self medicating (in studies, those who self-medicated specifically with cannabis & alcohol were most correlated with suicide)
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Dr. Anthony Centore

Anthony Centore

Anthony Centore, PhD, is Founder and Chair at Thriveworks — a counseling practice focused on premium client care, with 340+ locations across the US. Anthony is a Private Practice Consultant for the American Counseling Association, columnist for Counseling Today magazine, and author of "How to Thrive in Counseling Private Practice". He is a multistate Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has been quoted in national media sources including The Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, and CBS Sunday Morning.

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