10 Steps to Raise PTSD Awareness from the National Center for PTSD

militaryPTSDJune  is PTSD Awareness Month. Although PTSD is typically associated with those in the military, the truth is that nearly 10% of the U.S. population struggles with PTSD, including the elderly and caregivers. Know the signs and symptoms, and seek help.

The following post was taken from the National Center for PTSD.

  1. 1.  Know more about PTSD.
    Understand common reactions to trauma and when those reactions might be PTSD.
  2. 2.  Challenge your beliefs about treatment.
    PTSD treatment can help. We now have effective PTSD treatments that can make a difference in the lives of people with PTSD.
  3. Explore the options for those with PTSD.
    3.  Find out where to get help for PTSD and learn how to choose a therapist. Also see our Self-Help and Copingsection section to learn about peer support and other coping strategies.
  4. Reach out. Make a difference.
    You can help a family member with PTSD, including assisting your Veteran who needs care. Know there is support for friends and family too.
  5. Know the facts.
    More than half of US adults will experience at least one trauma in their lifetime. How common is PTSD?. For Veterans and people who have been through violence and abuse, the number is higher.
  6. Expand your understanding.
    Learn about assessment and how to find out if someone has PTSD. Complete a brief checklist or take an online screen to see if a professional evaluation is needed. June 20th is National PTSD Screening Day.
  7. Share PTSD information.
    Share handouts, brochures, or wallet cards about trauma and PTSD.
  8. Meet people who have lived with PTSD.
    Visit AboutFace, an online gallery dedicated to Veterans talking about how PTSD treatment turned their lives around.
  9. Take advantage of technology.
    Download PTSD Coach mobile app and treatment companion apps in the National Center for PTSD’s growing collection of mobile offerings.
  10. Keep informed.
    Get the latest information about PTSD. Sign up for our PTSD Monthly Update, or connect with us on Facebook,Twitter and YouTube.

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