12 Feb Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day
This day is set aside to raise awareness on the effects post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has on the lives of those affected by it and on their loved ones. Most people have some stress reactions after a trauma. For some, the symptoms lessen over time. For others, they persist and can become more serious. If the symptoms remain for more than a few months or disrupt your life, PTSD may be the cause.
The trauma and anxiety associated with PTSD is a constant burden. Once a condition attributed to returning combat veterans, the condition now also is diagnosed in those who have experienced violent crime or lived through catastrophic events. Whether or not you have PTSD, treatment can help if thoughts and feelings from the trauma are bothering you. Don’t let PTSD get in the way of your enjoyment of life.
It’s common to think that your PTSD symptoms will just go away over time. But this is unlikely, especially if you’ve had symptoms for longer than a year. There are several treatment options for PTSD. For some people, these treatments can get rid of symptoms altogether. Others find they have fewer symptoms or feel that their symptoms are less intense. The only way to know for sure if you have PTSD is to talk to a mental health care provider.
Learn more about PTSD, how to recognize the symptoms and effective treatments from The National Center for PTSD.