I wish more people understood PTSD. What a difference it could make for those who have it!
June is PTSD Awareness Month, and the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs are raising awareness about the problem, along with providing tools, information and assistance for service members who may be dealing with PTSD.
Of course, PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) does not only impact vets. PTSD, by definition, can follow any traumatic event. As I have written before, I define traumatic event as one in which “The individual’s ability to integrate his/her emotional experience is overwhelmed or the individual experiences (subjectively) a threat to life, bodily integrity, or sanity.” (Pearlman & Saakvitne, 1995, p. 60).
Raising awareness about PTSD and the impact on veterans is important. I feel it is also crucial to acknowledge that many suffer from PTSD as a result of sexual assault, domestic violence, and all forms of childhood abuse.
Research suggests that veterans are more likely to develop PTSD when they have…
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