• CPS - PTSD 150

    June Is PTSD Awareness Month

    Most people exhibit some stress-related symptoms after experiencing a traumatic event such as combat exposure, sexual/physical abuse or assault, terrorist attack, serious accident, or natural disaster.  However, if these symptoms don’t fade after a few months, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may have resulted.

    Half of all Americans will experience at least one traumatic event in their lives. Of those who do, a substantial number will develop PTSD. Symptoms of the disorder can include troubling emotional or behavioral changes, including increased fear or anxiety, sadness or depression, guilt or shame, and anger or irritability.

    PTSD is easily diagnosed by a doctor or mental health professional, and is highly treatable with therapy and medication. 

    If you or someone you care about is suffering from PTSD-like symptoms due to stressful military experiences, the US Department of Veterans Affairs offers an online questionnaire to help you make a better determination. 

    The National Center for PTSD is another great resource for individuals or students enrolled in a psychology program who would like to learn more. The National Center for PTSD offers resources including:

    • Current information about the disorder
    • Articles and links for the general public
    • PTSD treatment professionals.

    You’ll also find information about PTSD Awareness Month activities, complete with suggestions of what you can do to spread the message of hope for those afflicted with PTSD. 

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