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After a traumatic event, stress-related reactions are common, but not everyone gets Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD affects 20% of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and untreated symptoms can disrupt normal life. Here are some quick facts about PTSD:

  1. PTSD can Affect Anyone

There are four different types of trauma that can cause PTSD. War, terrorism, violence/abuse, and disasters cause feelings of danger and lack of control. Though it occurs most commonly in the military, PTSD can affect anyone who has experienced a severe trauma.

  1. There are 4 Main Symptoms of PTSD

Symptoms of PTSD can make day-to-day living difficult. Reliving the trauma, avoiding similar situations, negativity, and hyperactivity may be apparent in loved one experiencing prolonged affects from a trauma.

  1. PTSD is Treatable

Today there are treatment options that can stop PTSD from disrupting normal life. Counseling, service animals, coping and self-help, and peer support groups are all effective methods of dealing with PTSD.

  1. The SAVE Team is Here!

The Department of Veterans’ Services’ Statewide Advocacy for Veterans’ Empowerment (SAVE) Team is a resource for all veterans and their families. The program’s mission is to prevent suicide and mental health distress, while also helping clients access benefits and services that will aid the veterans’ transition back to civilian life.

  1. Programs for People with PTSD

Programs have been designed to help veterans and their families cope with PTSD, as well as reconnect to one another. These programs can also be used as a resource for where and how to receive care.

  1. PTSD Research

Because PTSD is a common disorder, research studies are constantly being done to learn more about methods of treatment. People with PTSD can sign up to be participants for these studies and have access to treatment options before they are widely offered.

  1. There’s an App for that!

A new app from the VA’s National Center for PTSD enables people to manage their symptoms and connect with resources on the go. Family and friends can also use the app to learn about coping.

People who are suffering from PTSD are not alone.

Today, on PTSD Awareness Day, and every day we thank and honor those who have fought for our country, and remind all those suffering that help is available.

Written By:


Department of Veteran Services, Gold Star Sibling

Communications Director, Executive Office of Health and Human Services

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