Background: PTSD is defined as a pathological anxiety that usually occurs after an individual experiences or witnesses severe trauma that constitutes a threat to the physical integrity or life of the individual or of another person.
Method:A cross-sectional study design was adopted and a multi-stage random sample was carried out to select a sample 162 from the regular adult Saudi and non Saudi patients attending PHCC in Jeddah 2011. A pre-designed an interview-administered questionnaire was used for data collection.
Results and conclusion:The prevalence rate of PTSD among the interviewees was evident that 20.4% of them achieved an overall score which indicates the likely positive PTSD.It was concluded that the prevalence rate of PTSD among patients attending PHCC in Jeddah 2011 is higher than the prevalence rate reported by the international studies. So an efforts should be made to identify and mange these problems as early as possible to prevent lifelong morbidity through early screening