Rescued Chilean Miners Have Low Risk Of Developing PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects 7.7 million Americans annually, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). This condition can develop after an individual goes through significant emotional turmoil. If left untreated, it may lead to a mental illness or substance abuse. Rehabilitation facilities can help affected people detoxify and manage their PTSD.

Recently, questions arose in regards to the mental health of 33 Chilean miners who were rescued last week after spending two months underground. However, experts say there may be little to worry about, according to Although symptoms typically don’t appear until one month after a traumatic event, only about 30 percent of people end up developing PTSD.

“PTSD is pretty hard to have,” chair of Columbia University’s Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, George Bonanno, told Discovery. “We underestimate the human ability to thrive under aversive events.”

Although the chances of suffering from PTSD after experiencing trauma are not high, it is important for individuals who already have the condition to receive treatment. People who have found themselves dependent on substances as a result of leaving PTSD untreated can visit a drug rehabilitation center for assistance.