Monday, June 24, 2019

June is PTSD Awareness Month

June is PTSD Awareness Month.  

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur in children and adults who've experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. This can include a natural disaster, accident, physical/sexual/emotional abuse, terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other types of violent personal assaults.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a treatable mental health disorder. 

Symptoms of PTSD
  • Intrusive memories: Upsetting dreams or reoccurring flashbacks about the event.
  • Avoidance: Avoiding the memory of the event, or places and people that remind you of the event.
  • Negative changes in thinking or mood: Feeling numb or sad, having low self-esteem, and feeling hopeless about the future.
  • Changes in emotional reactions: Irritable, angry outbursts, feeling guilty or ashamed, and/or being easily frightened.
  • Reliance on substances such as alcohol or drugs

Facts About PTSD

  • An estimated 70% of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives.
  • Upwards of 40% of girls and boys experience at least one trauma as a child or adolescent. 
  • Among people who are experience or witness a severe traumatic experience,  60 – 80% will develop PTSD.
  • An estimated 1 out of 10 women will get PTSD at some time in their lives. 
  • Studies estimate that 1 in every 5 military personnel experiences PTSD.
  • PTSD increases the risk for suicide, especially if it is undiagnosed or untreated.

Link here for PTSD tools and resources.

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