PTSD Awareness Month: Supporting Those Suffering From PTSD

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Letter tiles spelling out PTSD

PTSD was discovered in 1980 but has been seen throughout history. From famous painters to scientists, many have been affected by this mental health disorder. 

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that many people struggle to recover from. It occurs often after a person has experienced a traumatic event. These events can range from a car accident, a house fire, a shooting, rape, abuse, or war. PTSD is a disorder close to my heart as I have seen many friends and family struggle with it. It is so important to recognize the signs and validate the affected person’s feelings. 

Recognizing the Signs of PTSD

Many people associate post-traumatic stress disorder with the military and soldiers’ trauma in war. However, it can present itself in so many other situations as well. If you or a loved one have been through a trauma and experience nightmares, visual disturbances, flashbacks, or even actual physical symptoms, you may be experiencing PTSD. Seek help and know you are not alone. 

How to Help 

  • Keep an open mind. 
  • Sometimes, you may recognize something is off with a friend or family member before they even open up to you about it. Try to be as present and aware as possible. 
  • Offer resources and a listening ear. 
  • If present during an episode, help ground them by reminding them of their surroundings and have them take slow deep breaths. 
  • If you or a loved one needs help, speak to a counselor who specializes in trauma. 

Resources

Click here for a list of helpful resources and organizations. 

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