WHAT IS PTSD?
June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness month. For some individuals, PTSD develops after a scary or distressing event, and it is typical for these individuals to feel terrified during or after that event. The fear that the person feels is a part of the body’s “fight or flight” response, which is an automatic psychological reaction triggered by the release of hormones that prepares the body to either stay and deal or run away to safety. Every person with PTSD experiences a range of reactions after a traumatic experience and most recover from these initial symptoms naturally. However, for some people who continue to experience problems, they may be diagnosed with PTSD and feel these stressful and frightened feelings even when they are not in danger.
WHO DOES PTSD AFFECT?
There are currently about 12 million Americans living with PTSD in the United States. Going through any type of trauma is not rare, as about 6 of every 10 men and 5 of every 10 women experience at least one trauma in their lives. The trauma can significantly vary, and it can happen to anyone. It is not a sign of weakness or fault. There are many factors that can increase the chances, many of which are not in the person’s control. While there are successful treatments, most people don’t get the help and access they need.
As a part of PTSD Awareness, it is important to spread the word and share important resources for everyone affected by PTSD to get the help that they need. With the right treatment, people with PTSD can feel safe in the world and help them get back to their lives and more importantly, learn to manage the symptoms of their trauma.
This June, take the pledge to raise PTSD awareness, promote awareness on your social media channels and share as many resources as you can.