Today is National PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Awareness Day. For many Americans, living with PTSD is a daily reality-- for them and for their loved ones. About 3.5% of American adults experience PTSD in any given year.
Those impacted by PTSD, including those experiencing an active recovery from PTSD, include but are not limited to children and adults who have been sexually assaulted, physically or emotionally abused, combat veterans and their family members, survivors of natural disasters, and those of us who experience or witness a life-threatening accident.
People of any age who have experienced an overwhelming or life-threatening event often have common reactions to the event, such as trouble sleeping, jumpiness, and upsetting memories of the event. When these common reactions are not going away, a survivor should seek professional help to explore the possibility of PTSD.
Identifying PTSD, accessing professional help, and getting support from others are keys to recovery. Here are just two of many resources toward getting help and supporting others with PTSD:
while this application should not be considered a replacement for professional help, the PTSD Coach app is an on the go, always available resource for people with PTSD and those who love them. It is even used by staff of crisis hotlines and other community support programs as an additional resource. The app contains information on PTSD and treatment options, screening and symptom tracking tools, tips on skills to handle stress, and direct links to support and help.
Download the mobile PTSD Coach Smart Phone App: PTSD Coach download from iTunes* and Android Market*
Taken from The National Center for PTSD’s excellent web resources:
Note: No post of Walden (Walden Behavioral Health’s) Behavioral Health Blog is to be considered medical or therapeutic advice.