National PTSD Awareness Month – June 2022

In June, PTSD Awareness month is commemorated. It ushers in a slew of awareness programs aimed towards PTSD survivors. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects persons who have been through a very stressful incident such as war, violent physical/sexual/verbal assault, accidents, and so on. Depression, anxiety, nightmares, paranoia, insomnia, troubling thoughts, and other symptoms are common. After a few days, weeks, or months, many people recover from PTSD. Others, on the other hand, may need a year or more to recover. This mental disease is highly treatable, yet many people prefer to ignore it and suffer through it due to a lack of awareness and the shame associated with seeking mental treatment.

What is it like to have PTSD?

There are four primary categories of issues that a person with PTSD faces: Reliving the horrific incident in the form of unwelcome and repeated recollections, flashbacks, or frightening nightmares. When a person is reminded of an event, they may have extreme emotional or bodily reactions such as perspiration, heart palpitations, anxiety, or panic.

Do you suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

If you answer yes to three or more of the following questions, you may have PTSD, and seeing a trained mental health professional is recommended.

  • Have you ever witnessed or been a part of a tragic, life-threatening situation?
  • Did you feel terrified, appalled, or helpless because of this experience?
  • Do you find it difficult to forget about the incident?
  • Are you more easily startled, impatient, or angry than you were before the event?
  • Do you try to avoid activities, persons, or thoughts that bring up memories of the incident?
  • Do you find it more difficult to fall asleep or concentrate now than before the event?
  • Have you been experiencing symptoms for more than a month?
  • Is it difficult for you to work or function regularly because of your distress?

Coping with PTSD in a positive way:

  • Learn about trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Become a member of a PTSD support group.
  • Relaxation techniques should be practiced.
  • Take part in outdoor activities.
  • Have faith in someone you can rely on.
  • Spend time with folks who are upbeat.
  • Alcohol and narcotics should be avoided.
  • Enjoy the tranquility of nature.

References:

https://ptsd.va.gov/
https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline
https://www.mentalhelp.net/ptsd/hotline/
https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/posttraumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/resources

In observance of the 4th of July holiday, our offices will be closed on Monday, July 4th and will reopen on Tuesday, July 5th with normal business hours.