Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day

I recently did a school research paper only to find that the number of Veterans living with PTSD is staggering.

Did you know that , according to the National Center for PTSD, 56-87% of veterans that suffer with PTSD are currently going without and psychological help?

Not all PTSD cases are related to the military though, any traumatic event can leave a person with PTSD, including work related accidents or even car accidents.

Last year we lost my Uncle to a sudden auto accident. His brother was in the vehicle when it happened.  As a family member observing, it was clear to me that PTSD was in effect.  

People believe that there is a stigma in reaching out for help. In 2015 there was a research study done and it found that 72% of the respondents that showed PTSD were also in fear of a negative reaction to having PTSD.

It became clear to me that getting help IS the answer, don’t fear the stigma! Help is available!

Sammi Krystal
Sammi Krystal, Guest Author and Psychology Student

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