Since 2014, National PTSD Awareness Month has been observed each June, establishing a time for people working in the mental health field and the general public to be more intentional with raising awareness and educating others about this increasingly common condition.
What is PTSD? PTSD stands for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a mental illness that is commonly experienced by people who have lived through a traumatic event, such as violent attacks, military combat, car accidents, the death of a loved one, or other similar situations. PTSD is very common among veterans and other military personnel, but can affect anyone who experienced a traumatic event.
What are some of the symptoms of PTSD? People with PTSD frequently experience intense or disturbing thoughts and feelings related to past events. Symptoms can include unwanted flashbacks and nightmares, extreme sadness or anger, anxiety and depression, difficulty displaying positive emotions, and suicidal ideation. PTSD can also lead to substance use disorder when those suffering with the condition cope by using drugs or alcohol.
PTSD is treatable. PTSD is no different from other mental health concerns in that it is highly treatable. Some people recover from PTSD naturally in the days, weeks and month following a traumatic event. Others, however, may need extra support from trained professionals. Treatment for PTSD can include therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy. Medication can also be used to treat PTSD. The right treatment will depend on the person and their unique needs.
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