June is post-traumatic stress awareness (PTSD) month. The aim is to educate, reduce stigma, and provide hope. We’ve produced a list of resources to help you learn more.
Anyone can experience PTSD after a trauma, which is a shocking, terrifying, or dangerous event. PTSD is a diagnosed mental health disorder that causes you to relive a traumatic event over and over and experience constant fear, anxiety, as well as sadness. This can have a negative impact on your daily life activities and interaction with others. Like any other treatable condition, there is hope. The first step is to identify the source of the trauma. A trained mental health professional can facilitate a diagnosis as well as a treatment plan. Your friends and family can also play a role in helping you rediscover the best version of you. Here are some resources to help you get started.
Find a Therapist, Psychologist, Counselor – Psychology Today
Online Therapy: Best 2021 Counseling Therapists (betterhelp.com)
Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event | CDC Emergency Preparedness & Response
PTSD PDF VERSION (betweensessionsresources.com)
Mental Health Resources (cdc.gov)
PTSD: National Center for PTSD Home (va.gov)
PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5) – Fillable Form (va.gov)
What Is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Can I Have It If I’ve Never Been to War? (webmd.com)
– Leslyn Wong, MPH, Senior Program Manager