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    This may be far fetched but if people in certain areas in the world witness or are exposed to violence for generations, then could they be suffering from a collectively shared dose of PTSD? What happens when an individual can't deal with it? Depression, suicide, killings, abhorrent behavior, etc. Can those same symptoms or actions be translated into an entire country or region living with PTSD? I'm starting to wonder.


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    PTSD is a symptom of someone not being able to deal with it. It is a collection of a certain vision and interpretation that reflects on that traumatic experience. Suicide is still part of this pattern of behavior (everything caused by a traumatic event is PTSD).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Zwolver View Post
    PTSD is a symptom of someone not being able to deal with it. It is a collection of a certain vision and interpretation that reflects on that traumatic experience. Suicide is still part of this pattern of behavior (everything caused by a traumatic event is PTSD).
    Is there a statistic that reveals the percentage of PTSD victims that commit violent acts? If in certain geographical areas the likelihood of experiencing a traumatic event is great then should we expect a high incidence rate of PTSD? Just how high can it get, could it encompass an entire populace? If so and you happen to live in those areas then how would one know if they've got the disorder, especially when everyday traumatic experiences are the norm?
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