The month of June is national PTSD awareness month. 70% of the U.S. adult population will go through at least one traumatic experience in their lives. Approximately 7-8% of adults will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. This equates to about 8 million adults living with PTSD any given year. It’s something that affects our friends, family, and maybe even ourselves. Knowing exactly what PTSD is, being able to identify the symptoms, and learning ways to help can make this month and the lives of our loved ones better.
PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s a mental health disorder that can develop after traumatic experiences such as sexual assault, combat, car accidents, or natural disasters.
Many people hear the term PTSD and think of war-related scenarios, but the reality is that—as we mentioned above—there are many other types of situations that can give people PTSD. That being the case, it’s important to have PTSD awareness and know some of the symptoms associated with the disorder.
Symptoms of PTSD
In general, people experiencing PTSD might exhibit some of the following behaviors:
- Inability to sleep
- Lack of focus
- Anxiety, nervousness
- On edge or easily startled
PTSD victims’ behaviors can also fall under three different categories: avoidance, reliving, or negative responses.
- Avoidance: steering clear of people, places, or events that remind them of their traumatic experience, avoiding anniversaries of the event, declining to talk about the event
- Reliving: flashbacks, unsettling memories, chills, panic attacks, racing or pounding heart when thinking about the event
- Negative Responses: distance emotionally, aloofness, isolation from friends and family, inability to remember the traumatic event, fatigue, self-medicating through heavy drinking or drugs, negative thoughts about the world or oneself, chronic pain
If you or a loved one or friend is exhibiting any of the above symptoms, don’t wait to get the help you need and deserve. Vista Del Mar Behavioral Healthcare Hospital offers a variety of programs that may benefit you. Call us today for a free assessment (805) 653-6434.
If you are a family member of someone struggling with PTSD or other mental health-related illness or addictions, Vista del mar is here to help.
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