June Is National PTSD Awareness Month

Experiencing a traumatic event can have a major effect on someone. Whether you are a veteran or non-veteran, PTSD affects between 7 to 8 percent of the population. That’s why we at Freedom Home Care want to discuss the importance of National PTSD Awareness Month. We hope to help inform and educate those on the signs, symptoms, treatment of PTSD. We also hope to help spread awareness on this disorder.

What’s PTSD?

PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress disorder. According to the American Psychiatric Association, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that occurs in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, assault or who have been threatened with death, sexual violence or serious injury.

Symptoms of PTSD

Some signs and symptoms of PTSD may include:

  • Nightmares
  • Unwanted Memories of Trauma
  • Heightened Reactions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hostility

Those living with PTSD may experience vivid flashbacks or visions of the trauma they experienced. Particular places or people can trigger PTSD making everyday aspects difficult. PTSD treatment may include therapy and/or medication. If you or someone you know is experiencing PTSD signs or symptoms, it is important to get in touch with a healthcare provider.

National PTSD Awareness Month

Although you may not be living with PTSD, you may have a family member or friend who is. It’s important to offer as much support as possible and keep a calm atmosphere. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is holding a virtual walk to help spread awareness this June. You can help the National Center for PTSD raise awareness by registering here or complete 27 minutes of exercise at any time during the month of June in recognition of PTSD Awareness Day on June 27th.

National PTSD Awareness Month is a great way to spread awareness and educate on those suffering from a traumatic event or experience. If you have further questions regarding how to get help for your loved one, we at Freedom Home Care are happy to help. Our certified caregivers offer support and comfort to those in need of Alzheimer’s care, personalized elder care and much more. Contact us to get in home care set up for your loved one today!