27 Jun The significance of June 27th — National PTSD Awareness Day
Preview: Discussing the causes and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and how to receive help and support those with the condition.
The National Center for PTSD declared all of June to be PTSD Awareness month and today, specifically, is National PTSD Awareness Day. One way we can all support this campaign is by educating ourselves and others about the condition, and providing help to those who might need it.
Although Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an increasingly recognized and potentially preventable condition, research is abstract. This day and month is a great opportunity to talk with family and friends and learn more about this disorder and how it affects those around us, particularly our service members. So, in an effort to educate the public and help those affected, we’re discussing ways to raise awareness.
PTSD: What exactly is it (or isn’t it)?
It was once a condition that was attributed only to returning combat veterans, but that has since been adjusted. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health disorder that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threating event — not specific to war veterans (though common).
According to the PTSD Foundation of America, an estimated 7.8 percent of Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their lives, while about 30 percent of service members who have spent time in war zones experience PTSD. According to PTSD United, 20 percent of U.S. adults have experienced a traumatic event suffer from PTSD. Yet, typically, only 50 percent of PTSD sufferers seek treatment.
PTSD has a profound effect on the lives of those who suffer from it. The statistics alone are staggering, but can only tell a portion of the story. The trauma and anxiety associated with PTSD is a constant burden, inseparable from the sufferer.
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The importance of National PTSD Awareness Day
If the statistics above haven’t give you the answers, PTSD is a widespread disorder (8 million Americans is no small amount). Thankfully, with knowledge of the disorder, we can make the lives of those suffering from PTSD less stressful, and we can provide better support to them in their recovery.
This day is also important because being aware means helping those with PTSD find and receive appropriate treatment.
Awareness not only helps raise funds for organizations that support those with PTSD, but it also can share resources. In fact, a large part of the treatment of PTSD involves social support and opening up to others. Here’s why:
Many people across the globe suffer silently with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). But a social media post acknowledging the disease and listing a few supporting organizations, paths for treatment, and ways to manage it daily may make all the difference to someone silently struggling with PTSD.
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Some symptoms of PTSD include:
- Trouble sleeping
- Reliving memories of the event. Re-experiencing the trauma through intrusive distressing recollections of the event, nightmares, and flashbacks.
- Anxious or on edge. Increased arousal such as difficulty concentrating and sleeping feeling jumpy, and being easily irritated and angered.
- Avoidance of things or people who remind you of the event. Emotional numbness and avoidance of activities, places, and people that are reminders of the trauma.
While various things can cause PTSD symptoms to arise, it’s important to involve a trained professional to diagnose PTSD. Everyone with PTSD — whether Veterans or civilian survivors of sexual assault, serious accidents, natural disasters, or other traumatic events — needs to know that treatments really do work and can lead to a better quality of life.
A professional will be able to appropriately treat you based on symptoms like hypervigilance, mood swings, recurring and involuntary flashbacks to the trauma, and avoidance, such as previously mentioned.
Implementing natural treatments to placate PTSD symptoms
As mentioned earlier, research regarding preventing PTSD symptoms is abstract. And due to the dangerous side effects linked with prescription medications, patients are complementing their counseling sessions and psychotherapy with natural remedies such as meditation, exercise, and CBD oil.
Not only are these alternatives all-natural for PTSD, but anyone can easily add them to their daily routine.
Physical activity not only helps the body but also strengthens the mind. Regular exercise increases the production of endorphins in the brain, which helps reduce stress and anxiety. Exercise also improves sleep cycle, in addition to helping the heart, weight, and decreasing the risk of multiple diseases.
Regular meditation can assist in improving awareness of one’s physical and emotional wellness. This can be highly beneficial for those who have mental conditions. Enhanced awareness can help people in developing control over emotions which are triggered by memories of traumatic events. While meditation won’t delete traumatic experiences from our brain, it can support us deal with the pain that is induced by such thoughts.
CBD (cannabidiol) has gained massive popularity among those who have PTSD. The anti-inflammatory properties associated with CBD provide soothing benefits that aid them to relieve stress, anxiety, and symptoms related to sleep issues. Also, CBD oil for PTSD has no harmful side effects and is non-addictive.
If you or anyone you know have post-traumatic stress disorder, combining meditation or exercise in the form of yoga may prove to be an excellent way to deal with symptoms of PTSD. If you are considering CBD for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, there are many high-quality CBD oils available online.
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Raising PTSD awareness doesn’t end after today
We encourage everyone to continue to help raise PTSD awareness after today. One way you can start is — well, you’ve already started! By reading this article, you’ve already taken a huge step toward raising awareness. Educating one’s self by learning key information about PTSD, causes, and treatment options is a great start.
Share your knowledge with others, direct others to this blog so they can also educate themselves, promote PTSD awareness via social networks, and reach out to help those who need it.
Remember that educating yourself on PTSD awareness isn’t only relevant to today. Make this an ongoing effort!