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Today is PTSD Awareness Day and Brain Forest Centers is proud to help raise awareness for those we know and love struggling with this condition.

For many years, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder was misunderstood by the medical community and thus the population. Today is a day we can use to help educate others and change the stereotypes. If you want to learn more about PTSD and how to observe PTSD Awareness Day, you’re in the right place!

What are the warning signs for PTSD?

PTSD is a result of an experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. This condition is not isolated to military personnel and can be experienced by everyone. Symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Recurrent memories or dreams of the trauma
  • Flashbacks
  • Psychological or physical stress related to the trauma
  • Negative changes in mood or concentration
  • Detachment towards people
  • Negative mood
  • Anger
  • Heightened startle response
  • Inability to sleep or concentrate

Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder curable?

Like anxiety and depression, it’s not necessarily curable, but it can be treated. Talk therapy, medication, and Neurofeedback training have all been found to be impactful for those suffering from PTSD.

How many people suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

The severity of PTSD symptoms range from mild to extreme, but sources estimate that up to 70% of Americans have suffered from at least mild PTSD-like symptoms. Of this, about 20%, or 44 million people, will develop PTSD symptoms.

If you battle any kind of mental health condition, there is a 50% chance that you also could be diagnosed with PTSD. This condition is extremely widespread and not often talked about. Today is important for changing that!

Why is talking about PTSD important?

Due to headlines, media, and television, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can often be put in a negative light. This causes many negative stereotypes and assumptions to be attached to individuals battling PTSD. Talking about and raising awareness can help put these negative assumptions to rest and give those struggling silently with it the confidence to seek help.

How do you raise awareness for PTSD?

The best way to spread awareness for PTSD is just to talk about it. Changing the stigma of mental health problems can help encourage individuals to seek treatment without shame.

But before you do, be sure to educate yourself on the causes, symptoms, and treatments. It’s also important to try to be understanding of the unique triggers someone struggling with PTSD may have and to avoid asking too many questions.

Contact us in Fishers today!

Are you or someone you love suffering from the symptoms of PTSD? You don’t have to walk through it alone. Brain Forest Centers can help! Call our Fishers, IN office at (317) 288-9828 to schedule your FREE consultation.