June is National PTSD Awareness month or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and here at Embracia Health we would like to advocate for the millions who suffer from this mental illness. What some may not be aware of is that PTSD is not a, “military thing.” Anyone who has experienced a traumatic event can develop PTSD. However, it has been around for decades. It used to be a condition that was seen in many returning soldiers. Particularly in post WWII vets and it was then known as “shell-shock.” Psychologist and research has since advanced and we now know more about it and how to effectively treat it.
What is PTSD?
In other words, PTSD is shorthand for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. While it is not common, there are instances in which PTSD can present years later. Symptoms typically last for about a month. However, some PTSD patients suffer through life-long triggers. This means that a certain scent, a sound, the touch of something, etc. can trigger a memory about the traumatic event and bring it back to the present. Luckily through therapy and medication if needed, these triggers dont debilatate a person and they are able to work through the trigger, panic attacks, and any other symptoms.
What are the common symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
- Panic attacks
- Anxiety attacks
- Trouble sleeping
- Feelings of shame, guilt, or blame
For more information about symptoms, treatment, and any other questions follow this link. Of course it is highly important that you do not self diagnose and that you follow proper treatment under a licensed psychiatrist, clinic, etc.
Who is the most vulnerable?
Because PTSD is most common among soldiers who have experienced trauma, women who are victims of sexual assault, children who experience abuse, mass shooting victims and witnesses, and many others are all examples of traumatic events that can cause PTSD
For more information about the services or any questions or concerns you may have please check out what Embracia Health Clinic offers, we have staff on hand who speak Spanish, follow the link.