PTSD in men and women are so varied, because the symptoms are the same, the way in which we derive, live with and effectively cope with healing strategies are vastly different. Why? Because of genetics. Most of the male population believe they are the stronger genetically, when in fact, women are genetically stronger than males on the emotional and mental platforms. The only dominance males exert over females genetically, is physical strength through body build. Now take note, above I did not plaster or label the entire of either genetics, just outlined the facts in regard to the common differences between the majority of both sexes, not the entirety of one sex or another. The reason I pointed that out, is because this forum is another true indication of that, in that the majority of this forum are females. Why? Because females are genetically mentally and emotionally stronger than males, thus females actively look for help opposed to males who believe nothing is wrong. Society is now beginning to see the more accurate characteristic traits of females vs. males, in that more and more females are now consuming the majority of high stress, high mental capacity employment roles within societies, because their genetic makeup actually provides them more suitability to cope with that stress than males. Why? Because females are more emotionally capable to view the problems, work through them, and most importantly, admit there is a problem, thus they are able to rectify, create a strategy for themselves, and continue. Males on the other hand, we accept the stress, we don't talk about it, we don't see emotional reason to it, and we just continue on until we break mentally. Again, weak vs. strength is a genetic makeup of the human characteristics. So here lie a majority of the problem by having so many males running around the globe with untreated PTSD. Why? Because they fail to accept that they have an illness, especially mental illness, they fail to admit defeat in that they are genetically weaker than the female genetic string. What is the result of a male succumbing to help with their illness? The outcome is a stronger male that must learn what females already know, in that emotional reasoning and feelings are the majority of our self help ability to continue within life, continue with little issue, trauma or conflict. If more males admitted to the characteristic male genetic string flaw, more veterans (who are predominantly male) could get past their illness, past their genetic pride, and adapt a better lifestyle towards themselves, their partners, children and family. Why does this thread exist? Because these are my thoughts on some factual differences between males and females, these vary differences are what is making females lives worst, whether a sufferer or spouse of PTSD. And yes, I am a male, but can see beyond the pride of the male genetic string to see what is real, opposed to what is not. I say sufferer or spouse, because either way you look at it, if a female suffers PTSD, then the male partner often refuses to accept the illness, and accept that they must also educate themselves to help their spouse, or if the female is the spouse, the female is looking for education on how to help their spouse, but more often than not, the male sufferer does not believe a problem exists or that they need to educate themselves or help themselves / family coexist more harmoniously. In conclusion to my thoughts... males need to begin looking to the way females discuss, reason and emotionally scope life problems, and take a piece from the female genetic string and adapt it within the male purpose.