June is PTSD Awareness month. The term for PTSD gets thrown around a lot in todays society, making it easy to not take the term seriously.
What is PTSD
PTSD developing after a traumatic event. Traumatic events can be subjective, but most often surround experiences such as a life threatening event, assault, a natural disaster and of course combat. True PTSD has a very real affect on an individuals day to day activities. Sometimes symptoms can be temporary and can pass after some time. A PTSD diagnosis comes when symptoms persist for more than a few months. Symptoms can look like anxiety, constant adrenaline and exhaustion, feeling unsafe in safe places, insomnia and in many other ways that affect the way you are able to live your life.
What Can You Do?
Acknowledging the affects that the trauma has had on your life is a huge first step in getting help. If you or someone you know is struggling with healing from trauma, there are many way you can get help. Speaking to a trusted individual is a great start. Seeking professional counseling to help better your standard of living is another way to heal. Below are some resources to look into to better understand how trauma can affect our lives.
Check out some of the resources below for educational resources of the effects of trauma and how to find help and support.