Written by the Lifeline’s Yui. S.
What is PTSD?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common mental health condition that will likely appear after exposure to any traumatic event, it could co-exist with other mental disorders and substance use disorders. The symptoms of PTSD can include flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, avoidance behavior, heightened anxiety, and irritability. These symptoms can persist for months or years and can have a significant impact on an individual’s daily life, relationships, and overall well-being. According to related research, around 70% of people will experience trauma at least once in their lifetime, and about 20% of them will develop PTSD.
What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month?
June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder awareness month. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month is set with the goal of raising awareness of PTSD and spreading support to people who are suffering from PTSD. It also provides an opportunity to honor and support those who have served in the military and first responders who have experienced trauma in the line of duty. However, traumatic events are not limited to single instances, nor are they the sole result of warfare, disasters, or emergencies. In fact, “trauma” can develop from one event, a series of events, or the persistence of an intolerably stressful situation. Anyone exposed to horror, the feeling of helplessness, being seriously injured, or feeling threatened by serious injury or even death may develop PTSD. Everyone with PTSD, whether they are adults or youngsters, veterans or citizens, deserves to be seen and understood by others, they also need to know the importance of proper treatment.
What can we do?
We can be supportive of individuals, families, and communities affected by PTSD. PTSD is a serious mental health condition, but with proper diagnosis and treatment, it is possible to manage its symptoms and live a fulfilling life. Letting people suffering from PTSD know the importance of proper treatment and realization could help them to improve their life quality as soon as possible. At the same time, we could also elevate the awareness. Spreading the related information to others could establish an objective understanding of PTSD and reduce the stigma that comes with PTSD survivors. By promoting education and understanding about PTSD, we can help break down the stigma surrounding mental health and encourage individuals to seek help without fear of judgment. We need to keep in mind that PTSD can impact anyone, regardless of their background or experiences, and they need to be understood and supported.
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