Hey! June is PTSD Awareness Month!
Most people associate PTSD with Military Veterans. That is a good connection, but it leaves out a great deal more who are affected as well. PTSD is –
This condition includes any person (or animal) who has experienced a traumatic event. So, what encompasses “traumatic?” That would depend on the person. For some it may be a car accident. Others it could be rape, domestic violence, or yes…war.
Let’s look at the definition. PTSD is when the stress and anxiety from a traumatic event are chronic and cause significant life disruption. Can be seen as an overwhelming of the body’s normal psychological defenses against stress.
PTSD can not be instantly diagnosed after an event. But if someone cannot seem to cope with and move past an event, it may be an indicator of something more. As with Depression and Anxiety (which are aso symptoms of PTSD) therapy is needed. You need to talk to a professional who is unbiased and knows what you are going through. No one ever need know you are talking to a therapist. I call my therapy, “PT”. People think it’s physical therapy then, as opposed to Psychiatric Therapy.
Why is it that it is perfectly fine to go to therapy for your physical health, but there is still a stigma when you have therapy for your Pychiatric/Emotional health? Thank goodness this is starting to change. This modern world is so full of stressors, we may be pushing our systems to the red-line.
Anyway, I am rambling again. I have included some more visuals below along with some websites to check out. Being I am not a professional in this field, I cannot speak to this in a more detailed manner. But I do want people to become aware.
http://www.voa.org – Veterans of America
http://www.va.gov – US Veterans’ Administration
http://www.adaa.org – anxiety & DepressionAssociation of America
Good luck and God Bless