Approximately 8 million Americans are living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a potentially debilitating condition that can develop following a traumatic experience. For example, approximately 67 percent of those exposed to mass violence have been shown to develop PTSD. However, this mental health condition may be triggered by a natural disaster, a personal assault, childhood abuse, or any other emotionally distressing event.
Although PTSD treatments are effective, sadly, most people who have PTSD do not get the treatment they need. That is why the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, SAMHSA, National Center for PTSD, and other key organizations would like you to join them this June to make a difference during PTSD Awareness Month.
Millions of Americans live with PTSD, representing only a small portion of those who have experienced trauma. In fact, up to 70 percent of all adults experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime, with some being more susceptible than others.
While studying soldiers, researchers have found that pre-war psychological vulnerabilities are as equally important as combat-related trauma in relation to the development and progression of PTSD. Their data shows that 98 percent of veterans who developed PTSD had experienced one or more traumatic events during combat. However, of the soldiers who experienced traumatic events in combat, only 31.6 percent developed PTSD. This suggests that other variables play a role, including a family history of substance abuse, childhood abuse, etc.
There are several risk factors associated with PTSD. Recently mental health experts have been concerned about the psychological toll that the current pandemic will have on front line workers. That is why the more aware we remain, the greater the support will be for those who need it most.
Unfortunately, a high percentage of those living with PTSD do not get the help they require — and while each individual case is unique, various treatment options are highly effective. As stated by the National Center for PTSD, approximately 53 out of 100 people who receive trauma-focused psychotherapy will no longer meet the criteria for PTSD.
The goal of PTSD Awareness Month is to spread the word that effective treatment options are available.
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To help spread awareness, whether you are someone who has PTSD, has a loved one with PTSD, or you’re simply a mental health advocate, here are some options to get involved:
As Glenn Close said, “What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation” — which is exactly what PTSD Awareness Month is all about. Join the conversation today!
Walking through the doors of a center like Valley Oaks for the first can be tough. We work hard to make sure that your visit is easy, streamlined, and professional while still addressing your needs. The reality is that more folks are seeking help than you’d ever imagine, and for good reason. More than 80% of folks that seek help for common mental health ailments see significant improvement. Your journey to life’s peaks can start right now… and start right here… at Valley Oaks.
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