Up to 25% of South Africans could suffer from post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), according to psychiatrist Dr Eugene Allers. When crime and motor vehicle accidents are taken into consideration, six million South Africans could suffer from PTSD. Nearly a third of these are between the 30 and 40 years old.
Traumatic events, like a car accident, hijacking, rape, or even witnessing such an event, produces emotions of intense helplessness, fear, horror and guilt. Experts believe that about a quarter to a third of people who witness a traumatic incident develop PTSD.