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Women and PTSD

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Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is often associated with veterans — usually men, just back from war. But studies shows that's a limited view. 

In fact, women are two or even three times more likely to be diagnosed with PTSD than men — even though they experience fewer traumatic events. Researchers say women's heightened risk of sexual assault and domestic abuse are key factors. But do brain chemistry and cultural norms also play a role?

We continued our focus on mental health as part of our Call to Mind Initiative, and talked about women's unexpected vulnerability to PTSD.

Dr. Danielle Johnson, a psychiatrist at the Lindner Center of Hope and a specialist in women's and minority health issues

Dr. Colleen Cira, a psychologist and founder of the Cira Center for Behavioral Health

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.