June is PTSD Awareness Month

National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day is celebrated annually on June 27. It aims to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder, a mental health problem that may develop after a person has been exposed to one or more traumatic events. Traumatic events that may cause PTSD include physical or sexual assault, war-related combat stress, terrorism, natural or man-made disasters, and other threats on a person’s life. Typical symptoms of PTSD include distressing dreams, persistent thoughts and recurring flashbacks about the traumatic event or events, numbing or avoidance of memories of the trauma, triggered emotional responses, persistent hyper-arousal. The first National PTSD Awareness Day was held on June 27, 2010. This observance was officially established by the Congress. In addition, the National Center for PTSD has designated June as PTSD Awareness Month. National PTSD Awareness Day aims to raise public awareness about the disorder, educate a wide audience about PTSD and provide people affected by PTSD with access to proper treatment. How to help raise PTSD awareness? You can start with learning key information about PTSD, its causes and treatment options. Then share your knowledge with others, promote PTSD awareness via social networks and reach out to help those who need it.

After a traumatic event, most people have painful memories. For many people, the effects of the event fade over time. But for others, the memories, thoughts and feelings don’t go away – even months or years after the event is over. Mental health experts are not sure why some people develop PTSD and others do not. If stress reactions do not improve over time and they disrupt everyday life, it is important to seek help to determine if PTSD is present

The purpose of PTSD Awareness Month is to encourage everyone to raise public awareness of PTSD and effective treatments. We can all help those affected by PTSD.

Raise PTSD Awareness

You can make a difference! Learn and share about PTSD with this flyer to Raise  PTSD_Awareness

“Greater understanding and awareness of PTSD will help Veterans and others recognize symptoms, and seek and obtain needed care.” – Dr. Paula P. Schnurr, Executive Director of the National Center for PTSD

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