Raising awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness month. Eight million people in the United States are currently diagnosed with the condition.
PTSD is common for many people.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, about 12 million adults in the U.S experience PTSD in a given year. About 8 percent of women and 4 percent of men develop PTSD sometime in their lives.
Community Counseling Center Director of Public Relations & Special projects Dr. Sharon Braun says the symptoms of PTSD can vary depending on the person.
“They vary, you know, depending on the person but nightmares and especially like unwanted memories of the traumatic event, they would possibly avoid situations that bring back the memories of the trauma,” said Braun.
Braun says sometimes people suffering from PTSD don’t recognize how the trauma is affecting them.
“You know recognizing how the trauma affects individuals and sometimes they don’t even understand you know what’s going on so,” said Braun.
According to Mayo Clinic, PTSD symptoms are grouped into four types: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, and changes in physical and emotional reactions.
Dr Braun says that the healing process for PTSD is a long one.
“Primary intent is to recover from that trauma. That’s a primary goal, but oftentimes it takes a very long time to work through that process,” said Braun.
The road to recovery normally means counseling or medication but most importantly the support from others around them.