Congress declared June 27th as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day in 2010 (S. Res. 455). Since then, the National Center for PTSD has declared June PTSD Awareness Month, promoting PTSD awareness and effective treatment.
Many different people can be affected by PTSD, from survivors of rape or natural disasters to military service men and women. About 10 percent of women and 5 percent of men are diagnosed with PTSD at some point in their lives and, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) about 1 in 30 adults in the US suffer from PTSD within a given year. That risk is much higher in veterans of war. Certain “traumatic” events do not meet the clinical standards of trauma, such as the death of a loved one. Although those events may cause trauma, the shock from these events is not abnormal. Causes of PTSD include an event that threatens injury and a “response to those events that involves persistent fear, helplessness, or horror.” (National Alliance on Mental Illness – NAMI)
Usually, the symptoms of PTSD begin to occur after a traumatic event. However, sometimes it takes months or years for the symptoms to appear or they may come and go over the years. Some of the causes include combat, sexual assault, or surviving a natural disaster or terrorist attack. Some events can happen once or they can be recurring (such as ongoing physical abuse).
The National Center for PTSD invites you, through their 2013 PTSD Awareness Month campaign, to “Take the Step” and raise PTSD awareness. Each week in June, they highlight a topic with specific information, resources, and supports for you to use. This week’s topic is “Challenging Beliefs”, which challenges everyone to think about the benefits of getting help for PTSD, supporting someone in treatment, or learning how to offer the best care for your clients.
If you need mental health services please visit NAMI, the Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration (SAMHSA), or visit NIMH to learn more about PTSD and other mental health issues. If you are a veteran or military service person and need mental health services, please visit the National Center for PTSD.
We conducted a search in REHABDATA and found a number of articles related to PTSD. Here are just a few of them:
- Review: Managing posttraumatic stress disorder in combat veterans with comorbid traumatic brain injury. NARIC Accession Number: J64535.
- Supporting the education goals of post-9/11 veterans with self-reported PTSD symptoms: A needs assessment. NARIC Accession Number: J62986.
- Recent trends in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and other mental disorders in the VHA. NARIC Accession Number: J63834.