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PTSD Awareness Day


June 24, 2022
June 27th, 2022, is PTSD Awareness Day. PTSD is also known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and is a health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event. PTSD can happen to anyone no matter their gender or age. Being a VA contracted facility, we are proud and privileged to be able to serve our Veterans with the highest level of care and compassion. We wanted to provide our community with a resource so you know the signs and symptoms.



The most common symptoms of PTSD are:

Avoidance

Avoidance is a common reaction to trauma. It is natural to want to avoid thinking about or feeling emotions about a stressful event. But when avoidance is extreme, or when it's the main way you cope, it can interfere with your emotional recovery and healing.

Trauma Anniversaries

On the anniversary of a traumatic event, some survivors have an increase in distress. These "anniversary reactions" can range from feeling mildly upset for a day or two to a more extreme reaction with more severe mental health or medical symptoms.

Trauma Reminders: Triggers

People respond to traumatic events in a number of ways such as feelings of concern, anger, fear, or helplessness. Research shows that people who have been through trauma, loss, or hardship in the past may be more likely than others to be affected by new, potentially traumatic events.

Aging Veterans and Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms

For many Veterans, memories of their wartime experiences can still be upsetting long after they served in combat. Even if they served many years ago, military experience can still affect the lives of Veterans today.

Very Young Trauma Survivors

Trauma and abuse can have grave impact on the very young. The attachment or bond between a child and parent matters as a young child grows. This bond can make a difference in how a child responds to trauma.

PTSD in Children and Teens

Trauma affects school-aged children and teenagers differently than adults. If diagnosed with PTSD, the symptoms in children and teens can also look different. For many children, PTSD symptoms go away on their own after a few months. Yet some children show symptoms for years if they do not get treatment. There are many treatment options available including talk and play therapy.

History of PTSD in Veterans: Civil War to DSM-5

PTSD became a diagnosis with influence from a number of social movements such as Veteran, feminist, and Holocaust survivor advocacy groups. Research about Veterans returning from combat was a critical piece to the creation of the diagnosis. So, the history of what is now known as PTSD often references combat history.

For more information on PTSD, visit the US Department of Veteran Affairs website below.

More Information on PTSD

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