June is recognized as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month and throughout this month, Providence’s Well Being Trust joins organizations and advocates who are raising awareness about the prevalence of PTSD and sharing information and resources that lead to a better quality of life.
According to the American Psychological Association, PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, or rape or who have been threatened with death, sexual violence or serious injury.
Facts about PTSD
According to the National Center for PTSD:
- About 6 out of every 100 people in the United States will have PTSD at some point in their lives.
- Nearly 12 million adults in the U.S. have PTSD during a given year.
- About 8 of every 100 women will develop PTSD sometime in their lives compared with about 4 of every 100 men.
Signs and Symptoms
In most cases, a mental health provider, such as a psychiatrist of psychologist, diagnoses PTSD. The assessment usually includes answering questions about one’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Some of the symptoms of PTSD may include:
- Flashbacks of trauma
- Intrusive thoughts
- Avoidance of people or places related to trauma/event
- Sudden bursts of anger/frustration
- Numb or blunted emotions
Support and Resources
Encouragement and support of friends and family is very important. Below are some helpful links to educational programs and support groups:
- View this video from PsychHub – Tips to Help Someone with PTSD
- Take the PTSD e-learning module now available.
- Visit the National Center for PTSD at ptsd.va.gov.
- Read this PTSD Help Guide, which offers a number of tips for helping your loved one and yourself cope with the symptoms of PTSD.
- Look into NAMI Homefront, a program for family members of veterans and service members whose traumatic experiences are associated with military services.
- Learn about PTSD support groups.
If you or someone you know is in a crisis:
- Contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Call or text 988.
- Lifeline Chat
- Connect with a Crisis Counselor 24/7 by texting “HOME” to 741741
Veterans Crisis Line:
- Dial 988 then Press 1
- Chat online
- Send a text to 838255