National PTSD Awareness Month is observed in June and it ushers in an array of awareness campaigns run for the benefit of PTSD survivors. PTSD, which stands for post-traumatic stress disorder, occurs in people after they have experienced a particularly traumatic event like war, violent physical/sexual/verbal assault, accidents, and so forth. Symptoms include depression, anxiety, nightmares, paranoia, insomnia, disturbing thoughts, and much more.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is one of the most active forerunners in the fight against PTSD. PTSD is not a newly recognized mental disorder. The disorder dates back to 50 B.C. when it was described in a poem by Hippocrates. He talks about the experiences of a soldier returning home after a battle.
PTSD started gaining more attention after the wars between England and France when many people, civilians, and soldiers alike, reported experiencing symptoms like anxiety, insomnia, intrusive and disturbing thoughts, and flashbacks. With the outbreak of COVID-19, skyrocketing fuel prices and the overwhelming sense of uncertainty, more and more people are experiencing trauma and stress. If you or someone you know is experiencing PTSD, or just needs to have a conversation in a safe environment, please register for Key Health Care’s Counseling Services today.