By: VA Staff Reports
June is PTSD Awareness Month, while June 27th is designated as PTSD Awareness Day. The designation is aimed at helping to raise awareness about the many different PTSD treatment options available and how you can make a difference in the lives of veterans and others who have experienced trauma. Everyone can and should help.
What is PTSD?
It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after a traumatic event. At first, it may be hard to do normal daily activities, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about. But most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months. If it’s been longer than a few months and you’re still having symptoms, you may have PTSD. For some people, PTSD symptoms may start later on, or they may come and go over time.
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What are the signs and symptoms of PTSD?
People who live through a traumatic event sometimes suffer its effects long after the real danger has passed. This is called post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. While PTSD is often associated with combat veterans, any survivor of a natural disaster, physical abuse or other traumatic event may suffer from it. The good news is that with professional help, PTSD is treatable. But the first steps to receiving help are learning the risk factors, recognizing the symptoms and understanding the treatment options.
Did you know this about PTSD?
In 2010, the United States Congress declared June 27th PTSD Awareness Day to bring attention to this serious disorder. The National Center for PTSD uses the entire month of June to educate people and help connect those in need with proper treatment.
When it comes to PTSD, there are many resources available. Each VA Medical Center has a Mental Health Department. However they are not the resource available through the VA. The Vet Centers are another resource available to veterans who served in combat zones, were victims of Military Sexual Trauma, provided mortuary services, or were part of unmanned aerial vehicle crews supporting combat operation. These community based resource centers provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible Veterans, active duty service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families. To find your closest Vet Center, visit: https://www.vetcenter.va.gov/index.asp.
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