Many active-duty members of the U.S. military and military Veterans deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, a mental health issue that stems from either witnessing or directly experiencing a traumatic, potentially life-threatening event. Such events may include everything from combat and natural disasters to sexual assault and car accidents. Roughly 8 million people in the United States suffer from PTSD.
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PTSD has a long history of being misunderstood and misdiagnosed, especially among members of the military. It wasn’t until 1980 that PTSD was recognized as a distinct condition with specific symptoms.
In 2014, the U.S. began to observe PTSD Awareness Month each June to help raise awareness of this mental health condition and encourage people who struggle with it to seek help.
What Is PTSD Awareness Month?
Every June is PTSD Awareness Month. The goal is to help raise awareness of the existence and the symptoms of PTSD, reduce the stigma associated with the condition and encourage those who need it to seek help. While PTSD treatment is highly effective, many people suffering from PTSD don’t reach out to get the help they need.
Everyone is encouraged to participate. Activities throughout the month include taking the Raise PTSD Awareness Pledge, sharing information about PTSD and treatment resources via social media, checking on Veterans you know, hosting a PTSD awareness event, and learning more about trauma, PTSD, and available treatment options.
PTSD Awareness Day: June 27
In 2010, the U.S. Congress recognized June 27 as PTSD Awareness Day. This decision came in response to the death of a National Guard member who died by suicide after two tours in Iraq – June 27 was his birthday, and PTSD Awareness Day is observed on this day each year.
The purpose of PTSD Awareness Day is to have open and honest discussions about PTSD and to encourage those who need it to seek help. The U.S. Department of Defense provides free training materials to help educate U.S. military members and their families about the condition, and the resources and services available to them.
PTSD Services for Veterans The National Center for PTSD is the world’s top research and educational center for PTSD. With appropriate treatment, those who battle PTSD can learn to feel safe in the world and lead productive lives.
The most highly recommended approach to treating PTSD is trauma-focused therapy. This treatment allows the patient to focus on the traumatic event and its meaning so that it can be processed in a healthier way.
Types of treatment may include everything from talking, visualizing, or thinking about a specific traumatic memory to processing and letting go of unhelpful beliefs about a particular trauma. The National Center for PTSD can help you find links and information, along with other mental health services in your area.
Our team at Vet Comp & Pen is also here to help. If you are a Veteran suffering from PTSD, you may qualify for VA disability compensation. To learn more about PTSD VA claims, call us at 888-988-3837 or click here to get started.