PTSD and You

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June is PTSD Awareness Month. In recognition of its prevalence and potentially debilitating effects on individuals who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, we want to help ensure more people know what it is, how to recognize symptoms in ourselves or others and what steps we can take to help minimize or alleviate the effects. To that end, we will use this site to share information, other resources and where to get help.

Since gaining recognition as a legitimate mental health diagnosis, following its occurrence in many combat veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the increase in global terrorism, natural disasters and the like, there has been considerable discussion, debate, confusion and controversy about the nature of the condition and how to best treat it.

We don’t intend to rehash those discussions here, but rather highlight what has been learned from the ongoing research and treatment efforts and help extend the awareness of all about its signs, symptoms, treatment options and the many ways it may have an impact on you.

PTSD is a mental health problem that effects some people after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening or other terrifying event such as combat, natural disaster, car accident or sexual assault.

Why should you care? Beyond the negative impact to the individual with PTSD, there is the relationship costs to family, friends, co-workers and community. There is also an economic cost.

According to Sidran Institute the economic burden of PTSD is large. The annual cost to society of anxiety disorders is estimated to be significantly over $42.3 billion, often due to misdiagnosis and undertreatment. This includes psychiatric and non-psychiatric medical treatment costs, indirect workplace costs, mortality costs, and prescription drug costs.

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