PTSD Awareness Month

blue ribbon- National PTSD Awareness Day June 27.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day is observed every year on June 27th. PTSD is a condition that many Veterans and non-Veterans alike develop after experiencing trauma or a life-threatening event.

Unfortunately, this condition is often misunderstood by those with no firsthand experience. Much of what is done to observe PTSD Awareness Day involves encouraging open talk about PTSD, its causes, symptoms, how it can affect someone and their loved ones, and getting treatment for the condition.

There can be many symptoms that come with having PTSD. Common ones include flashback memories of the event, severe anxiety, and insomnia/nightmares. While these symptoms usually start soon after a traumatic event, they may not appear until months or years later.

Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, private care providers, counselors, and therapists can all be helpful in establishing an initial care regimen or refer those suffering from PTSD to a qualified care provider. Learn more about PTSD, how to recognize the symptoms and treatment options from The National Center for PTSD.