National PTSD Awareness Month

Any type of major trauma in your life can cause PTSD, such as sexual assault, child abuse, battleground, or natural disaster. The problem with PTSD is it’s a silent/invisible illness. The symptoms can be severe and more visible or subtle which can make them hard to diagnose. 

I’ve suffered from PTSD since I was a child, it was in therapy years later that I realized some of it was causing complications in my life. Without a doubt being in therapy has helped me cope with my PTSD by giving me the tools to recognize when I’m being triggered and how to stay grounded. 

Help Raise PTSD Awareness

There are currently about 8 million people in the United States with PTSD.

Even though PTSD treatments work, most people who have PTSD don’t get the help they need. June is PTSD Awareness Month. Help us spread the word that effective PTSD treatments are available. Everyone with PTSD—whether they are Veterans or civilian survivors of sexual assault, serious accidents, natural disasters, or other traumatic events—needs to know that treatments really do work and can lead to a better quality of life.

June is PTSD Awareness Month, which aims to raise awareness and reduce stigma. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that results from experiencing a traumatic event. This event could be experienced personally, witnessed, or learned about and can lead to feelings of extreme fear, helplessness, or horror. Examples include natural disasters, serious accidents, war, rape, or other assaults.

According to the National Center for PTSD, about 60% of men and 50% of women experience at least one incidence of trauma in their lives. Nearly everyone who experiences a traumatic event will have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping and may experience PTSD symptoms for a period of time. PTSD symptoms often resolve on their own over time. For others, however, the symptoms persist. PTSD is diagnosed when the symptoms last for at least one month. Learn more about PTSD symptoms.

There is treatment. We have to see that we need help and seek it out, it’s a process. It always helps if you have a buddy who understands what you’re going thru. 

Melinda

References:

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/understand/awareness/index.asp

PTSD Awareness Month

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