PTSD Awareness Month

Every year on June 27th, PTSD awareness day is observed. During this time, we recognize the invisible injury that many veterans and non-veterans alike suffer from. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can occur when someone experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. It is estimated that as many as 70% of all Americans have experienced a traumatic event that caused PTSD or PTSD-like symptoms. Some symptoms include: flashbacks, depression, repeated dreams related to the trauma, suicidal thoughts, and intense distress to exposure to things that are reminders of the trauma.

PTSD is often misunderstood from those who haven’t experienced the condition first-hand.  During this month, we focus on educating the community on causes, symptoms, and treatment, with a goal of erasing social stigma around PTSD.

Those experiencing suicidal feelings or self-destructive urges should get help immediately. The Suicide Crisis Hotline or (1-800-273-8255) has a specific resource for veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a Veterans’ Crisis Hotline confidential chat resource. The Department of Veterans Affairs  has more information on help for PTSD on its’site including help finding a therapist.

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