A substantial majority of the Dutch population (approximately 80%) will at some point experience one or more potentially traumatic events. Some people undergoing such an event will experience post-traumatic symptoms. For most people, those symptoms are short-lived; they can cope with the event effectively with the support of their social network. Others, however, develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Approximately 7% of the Dutch population has PTSD.
This fact sheet describes PTSD and provides an indication of how often PTSD occurs among deployed service personnel (veterans). The fact sheet also deals with the origin and continuation of PTSD, factors which can offer protection against PTSD and how PTSD is treated.
Veteraneninstituut, 2015. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder following deployment. Fact Sheet.