June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day
Join us in observing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day on June 27, 2018. Each year, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and organizations across the United States raise awareness about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The goal of PTSD Awareness Day is to spread awareness about PTSD symptoms and effects, as well as advance the discussion about diagnosis, treatment, and care for those suffering from the effects of trauma – learn more at the National Center for PTSD website.
“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
Symptoms and Signs of PTSD*
Symptoms of PTSD may disrupt your life and make it hard to continue with your daily activities. You may find it hard just to get through the day.
There are four types of PTSD symptoms:
- Reliving the event (also called re-experiencing symptoms) Memories of the traumatic event can come back at any time. You may feel the same fear and horror you did when the event took place.
- You may have nightmares.
- You may feel like you are going through the event again. This is called a flashback.
- You may see, hear, or smell something that causes you to relive the event. This is called a trigger. News reports, seeing an accident, or hearing a car backfire are examples of triggers.
- Avoiding situations that remind you of the event. You may try to avoid situations or people that trigger memories of the traumatic event. You may even avoid talking or thinking about the event.
- You may avoid crowds, because they feel dangerous.
- You may avoid driving if you were in a car accident or if your military convoy was bombed.
- If you were in an earthquake, you may avoid watching movies about earthquakes.
- You may keep very busy or avoid seeking help because it keeps you from having to think or talk about the event.
- Negative changes in beliefs and feelings. The way you think about yourself and others changes because of the trauma.
This symptom has many aspects, including the following:
- You may not have positive or loving feelings toward other people and may stay away from relationships.
- You may forget about parts of the traumatic event or not be able to talk about them.
- You may think the world is completely dangerous, and no one can be trusted.
- Feeling keyed up (also called hyperarousal) You may be jittery, or always alert and on the lookout for danger. You might suddenly become angry or irritable. This is known as hyperarousal.
- You may have a hard time sleeping.
- You may have trouble concentrating.
- You may be startled by a loud noise or surprise.
- You might want to have your back to a wall in a restaurant or waiting room.
*SOURCE: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/ptsd-overview/basics/symptoms_of_ptsd.asp
If you or someone you know are suffering from symptoms of PTSD, there is help available.
No one should have to suffer the effects of trauma for a lifetime.
National Center for PTSD
The National Center for PTSD is a VA center that promotes awareness of PTSD and effective treatments throughout the year. The organization provides mobile apps, videos, printed materials and online tools to educate and assist veterans, the general public and professionals about PTSD.
- Locate a Stephen A. Cohen Military Family Clinic near you
- Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- Contact the Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, press 1 (text 838255) or start a Confidential Veterans Chat with a counselor
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs featured the stories of Veterans in a new video exploring the positive impact of seeking help for mental health.
Our Commitment & Goals
We have a moral responsibility to protect those who protect us, and anyone who steps into harm’s way.
Our goal is to ensure that no one who experiences trauma suffers the effects for a lifetime.
The ultimate goal is prevention and personalized medicine for brain health. To realize this vision, we have spearheaded a brain health roadmap that capitalizes on new technologies and innovative approaches to foster wellness & catalyze precision biomarkers, diagnostics and therapeutics.