June is PTSD Awareness Month

The Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) estimates that 6% of people in the United States will experience PTSD at some point in their lifetime; approximately 12 million U.S. adults experience PTSD each year.

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/understand/common/common_adults.asp

In 2010, the U.S. Senate declared June 27 National Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day, and the entire month of June was designated National PTSD Awareness Month in 2014. 

https://www.apa.org/topics/ptsd/ptsd-awareness

If you think you, or someone you know, has PTSD, you are not alone, and Lake County Behavioral Health Services wants to ensure you have access to information, resources, and support.  Self-care and learning to identify indicators of PTSD in ourselves and our loved ones are essential to ensuring people affected by this prevalent condition receive appropriate resources and treatment.  Unfortunately, most people who have PTSD do not get the help they need.

Post-traumatic stress disorder can affect individuals at any age.  It is defined by the American Psychological Association as, “…an anxiety problem that develops in some people after extremely traumatic events.”  PTSD can result from going through or seeing a life-threatening event.  Stress reactions in response to these types of events are expected, and most people begin to feel better in time.  PTSD can result in recurrent dreams about the trauma, disturbances in relationships, irritability, anger, and isolation.

As the weather grows warmer and drier, Lake County residents may be reminded of the fire disasters we have experienced.  “Although we are a strong and resilient community, it is important to be aware of our mental health and how critical, good mental health is to our overall health,” states Todd Metcalf, Director of Lake County Behavioral Health Services.  “It’s okay to not be okay.  However, seeking appropriate help and support when struggling with PTSD, or any other mental health issue, is critical to proper management.”

Treatments are available that can assist individuals suffering from PTSD.  Options include different types of trauma-informed therapy, as well as medications designed to help manage symptoms.  Many find the American Psychological Association’s “How Do I Know if I Need Therapy?” resource a helpful guide:

https://www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline/patients-and-families/seeking-therapy

Supports and treatment for people affected by PTSD are available right here in Lake County.  For more information, please contact Lake County Behavioral Health Services at 707-274-9101 or 707-994-7090.


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