Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month is acknowledged annually in June to focus on raising awareness about PTSD, which is a mental disorder that may develop after exposure to traumatic events. The circumstances can be a one-time occurrence, like a car accident, or recurrent situations where trauma occurs over a period of time, such as domestic violence or combat exposure. Symptoms may include nightmares, uncontrollable thoughts about the event, emotional flashbacks, and avoidance of the distressing memories.
According to the National Center for PTSD, approximately 7 or 8 out of every 100 individuals will experience PTSD at some point in their lives and some individuals may be more susceptible than others. Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men, and genetics may also play a factor.
There are many effective treatments for PTSD, such as various therapy techniques, as well as medication. Regardless of the type of treatment, it is critical to recognize the effects of trauma, versus avoiding it.
If you have experienced a traumatic event and are suffering from symptoms of PTSD, please see the following support resources: