June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. PTSD is a mental health issue that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. Symptoms may include nightmares, uncontrollable thoughts about the event, emotional flashbacks, and avoidance of the distressing memories.
According to the National Center for PTSD, about 6 of every 10 men (or 60%) and 5 of every 10 women (or 50%) experience at least one trauma in their lives. Some people may recover within a few months after the event, but for others it may take years or may even begin long after the events occur. PTSD can be treated using various therapy techniques and medication. Regardless of the type of treatment explored, it is critical to recognize the significant 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: