Does Your Personality Increase Your Chances for PTSD?

A study conducted by psychologist Inge Bramsen, from Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, measured the levels of PTSD symptoms in men that had been involved in the UN Peacekeeping Force in former Yugoslavia. As might be expected, those who had seen the most stressful events (shootings, death, bombings) experienced the most severe PTSD.

However, Bramsen also noticed a link to personality traits:  she found that individuals who possessed high amounts of negativism, paranoia, hostility or anxiety prior to deployment also showed increased levels of PTSD.

For more information on this study, please visit Psychology Today.

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