June is National Post –Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. In addition, June 27th is also designated as PTSD Awareness Day. PTSD is a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying or extremely stressful event. The goal is to raise public awareness about PTSD and the issues related to it. In essence, the hope is to reduce the stigma associated with PTSD and help those suffering from it to get proper treatment.
Some of the symptoms are:
- Severe anxiety
- Intrusive memories of the traumatic event
- Being extremely startled
- Self-destructive behavior
- Angry outbursts
- Overwhelming guilt or shame
Above all, if you or someone you know may be suffering from PTSD, it is extremely important to seek help and support.
Some resources are:
- Local medical providers
- Local emergency rooms
- Local mental health and/or substance abuse providers
- Local veterans’ affairs offices
- National Center for PTSD
- NAMI helpline
- Veterans Crisis Line
For further guidance, please call Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment Services at 641-683-6747.