June is National Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Awareness month. PTSD can occur after you have been through a life-altering trauma. It is estimated that about 6 of every 10 men (or 60%) and 5 of every 10 women (or 50%) experience at least one trauma in their lives. And about 8 out of every 100 people will have PTSD at some point in their lives. Resulting in about 8 million adults having PTSD during a given year (U.S. Department of V.A.). PTSD is most commonly associated with War Veterans but there are also other triggers for it. Most common are people who suffer from either sexual assault, domestic abuse, accident, or serious disaster.
Since June is National PTSD Awareness month, here at Mathew’s Counseling, we want to bring more awareness to this disorder. Listed below are different resources you can check out to learn more about what PTSD is and how you can help others who suffer from it. If you or anyone you know is suffering from PTSD, these links could help.
What Exactly Is PTSD?
You have heard about, but do you really know what PTSD is? How someone can develop it and who it really affects?
Psychraity.org does a great job of explaining what exactly PTSD is and gives examples of people who can suffer from this disorder. It also goes into detail about the different warning signs and symptoms of survivors as well the different courses of treatment they can follow to help better cope with PTSD.
Also, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs does a great job of providing statistics and additional information regarding how common PTSD is. It also breaks down the demographics of PTSD.
Symptoms and Treatment Options
Learning about the warning signs and symptoms of PTSD can help make the difference in someone’s life. Being able to spot the signs and potentially help them seek treatments can potentially save someone’s life. Open Path does a wonderful job of listing out the different symptoms survivors can show of PTSD. And goes into depth of explaining the causes as well as providing different treatment options people can take.
Ways to Help
There are a ton of different organizations who’s one goal is to provide resources and support to the people who suffer from PTSD. Below are just some of the different ways you can help out- whether it be through donations of money, time, or supplies- all forms of donations are greatly appreciated.
Silver Linings Villages is a life skills academy providing alternative stress reduction techniques, holistic services, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), and other non-invasive modalities for post traumatic stress, military sexual trauma, and light traumatic brain injury. We have recently added a vocational training program (delayed due to Covid 19) & serve active duty servicemen and women and their families, as well as US Veterans. Since 2012, we have served over 1250 Veterans through Skype sessions, retreats, workshops, group sessions and referrals to other services.”
The Freedom K9 Project is a non-profit that helps give survivors who are suffering from PTSD service dogs. The dog and the survivor work together through the program in hopes of leading to better memory consolidation on behalf of the survivor. This website also does a great job of explaining what PTSD is and how/which regions of the brain it affects.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is something that too many people in the world suffer from. At Mathew’s Counseling we know the toll of suffering mental health can take on someone. We want to help.
At Mathews Counseling, all of our therapists are highly qualified with a minimum of a Master’s degree in a mental health field, licensed by a state board, and experienced in the areas listed on their bios. We are sure there are a number of other questions you may have with regards to starting therapy and we are happy to answer any of them.