June is National PTSD Month — Here Are Some Resources for Those Affected
June 13, 2019
PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a mental condition that comes about after witnessing a terrifying or traumatizing event. Unfortunately, many former or current military members are affected by PTSD, and it can become a debilitating condition that causes stress and anxiety in daily life, nightmares and difficulty adjusting to everyday tasks. These symptoms can make it difficult to work or enjoy day-to-day activities and even bond with friends and family members.
If you or someone you know is affected by PTSD, there are many resources out there that can provide aid and assistance with getting better. Here are a few great websites and organizations to contact in honor of National PTSD Month.
National Center for PTSD. This organization helps military members and their families to find certified therapists that specialize in treating PTSD, as well as offering resources for veterans and self-care tips for coping with daily PTSD symptoms.
American Psychological Association. If you’re looking for more information about this all-too-common disorder, the American Psychological Association has a great list of links and other resources on their website. You’ll find statistics about the number of veterans affected by PTSD, results of studies on PTSD and information about raising awareness.
Make the Connection. This public awareness campaign by the US Department of Veterans Affairs allows veterans to share their stories and helps to connect veterans, their friends and their family members with PTSD resources. It also offers a great list of signs and symptoms of PTSD, so you can learn what to look for in yourself or know when to reach out to a loved one who may be struggling.