The Month of June Was Dedicated to Raising PTSD Awareness
National Center for PTSD spearheading month-long campaign to familiarize public with symptoms of and treatment for PTSD sufferers.Abilene, Texas: In order to bring more attention to the issue of posttraumatic stress disorder , June was selected as PTSD Awareness Month for the second year in a row, and June 27th has been named National PTSD Awareness Day for the fifth consecutive year. The National Center for PTSD , along with other [[more]]organizations such as The National Child Traumatic Stress Network , is dedicated to helping the general public recognize the symptoms of PTSD in themselves and others and informing people about treatment options for individuals afflicted by this disorder. PTSD is a mental health condition that results after a person has learned about, witnessed, or experienced a traumatic event. Symptoms of this illness can include nightmares, flashbacks or intrusive memories, avoidance of places or situations reminiscent of the trauma, exaggerated startle responses, sleep problems, and behavioral or emotional concerns. Children and adults alike can be diagnosed with PTSD and when symptoms of this disorder remain untreated, day-to-day living can be ripe with obstacles because of the emotional distress caused by this condition.According to the NCPTSD, it is estimated that, at some point in life, between 7 and 8 percent of Americans will suffer from PTSD. It is believed that women are more susceptible to developing this disorder than are men, and military service members are extremely vulnerable to experiencing PTSD symptoms due to exposure to combat and life-threatening experiences. Additionally, it is speculated that approximately 3 million young people in the United States grapple with PTSD as well. The NCPTSD works to dispel the stigma and myths associated with PTSD by providing education to military personnel and the public at large. This center also offers care to military members and their families who are affected by this disorder and operates with the ambition to ensure that those who need treatment will acquire the care needed to overcome PTSD. Throughout the month of June, and more specifically on June 27th, the NCPTSD will continue their mission to raise awareness, conduct research, and encourage those grappling with PTSD to seek treatment. “Considering the prevalence of PTSD and the fact the many individuals do not seek treatment for this condition, bringing a spotlight to PTSD, its symptoms, and the treatment options available is more important now than ever. We, at Mount Regis Center, applaud NCPTSD’s efforts to help people suffering from PTSD and are doing our part to raise awareness during the month of June. We are also pleased to offer the necessary treatment that can help people heal from PTSD so that those afflicted by this illness can achieve the happy, healthy lives that are deserving of all men, women, and children.” –Anthony Guild, CEO, Abilene Behavioral HealthAbout Abilene Behavioral HealthAbilene Behavioral Health is a community-focused hospital and treatment center with an all-encompassing goal of providing superior care to children, adolescents, and adults seeking care for mental health disorders and substance abuse. In order to achieve our goals of individualized, compassionate care, we offer many specialized programs that are built around the different needs of each of our patients. We ensure that each patient has a controlled and structured atmosphere where they can feel safe to begin the recovery process. For more information, visit www.AbileneBehavioralHealth.com.