This month is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness month. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. People with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder often do not feel safe. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Symptoms of PTSD can start soon after the event, but some may not begin until years after the event. PTSD is common and prevalent in our world today.
About 7-8% of the population will have PTSD at some point in their lives. Around 8 million adults have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder during a given year. About 10 out of every 100 women are diagnosed with PTSD every year and 4 out of every 10 men are diagnosed with it. This is common, and you are not alone.
There are many healthy ways to get a handle on PTSD which include mindfulness practice, peer support groups, and even animal therapy. Healing from the aftereffects of experiencing a terrifying event is possible. To learn how to cope with the trauma, it’s important to seek professional mental health resources, we’ll link you to a few below. Seeking therapy affords those suffering with PTSD an opportunity to practice coping skills and learn how to use them when triggers or new stressors arise. With the support of friends and family, learning to how to positively move forward with life is an obtainable goal.

For those who struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or know someone that does, you are not alone. Your wounds may not be seen, but they are there. There is help out there, so that you are able to take control of your life. It is possible to cope and feel safe again. There is hope.

Find more information about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness and access to help here: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/

PTSD Resources:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – https://www.ptsd.va.gov/gethelp/selfhelp_coping.asp

PTSD Alliance, LLC – http://www.ptsdalliance.org/help/

H.O.O.V.E.S – https://www.hooves.us/

Children’s Resource Center: https://crcwoodcounty.org/

Comprehensive Behavioral Health Services, LLC: https://www.comprehensivebehavioralhealth.com/

Harbor Behavioral Health: https://harbor.org/

Maumee Valley Guidance Center:https://www.maumeevalleyguidancecenter.org/

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Toledo (NAMI): https://namitoledo.org/

ProMedica Behavioral Health Services: https://www.promedica.org/pages/medical-services/behavioral-health/default.aspx

A Renewed Mind:https://www.arenewedmindservices.org/