National PTSD Awareness Day

June 27 is National PTSD Awareness Day. On this day, we raise awareness of this complex disorder that is caused by experiencing or witnessing trauma. PTSD is a common disorder among active military members and veterans.

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PTSD can originate from a variety of events. Whether that event be a battle, accident, natural disaster, or assault, PTSD can cause difficulties for individuals. Some common side effects of PTSD include avoidance, involuntary flashbacks, mood swings, and hyper-vigilance. These side effects can completely change a person’s life.

PTSD has been long documented in humans. The earliest known documentation of PTSD was in a poem from 50 BC. Hippocrates told the story of a soldier who experienced a traumatic battle and was haunted by combat flashbacks. A stronger understanding of PTSD came to be during the Civil War in the 1800s.

The National Center for PTSD declared June PTSD Awareness Month. Additionally, June 27 is National PTSD Awareness Day. If you want to make a difference during National PTSD Awareness Day, you can start by educating yourself on the symptoms of PTSD. This disorder can appear in different forms, so recognizing the signs can help you grow your knowledge. Once you’ve learned more about PTSD, you can share this information with others to help expand awareness.

In addition to educating yourself and others, you can make a difference this PTSD Awareness Day by making a donation to SRQ Vets. We are a local organization founded by veterans with the purpose to serve fellow local veterans. We work to help veterans connect to mental health resources, as well as physical health resources and home improvements. To learn more about SRQ Vets, browse our website or give us a call at 941-777-8387.

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