PTSD Awareness Month
PTSD Awareness Month
6% of Americans are affected by Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, or PTSD. PTSD arises from traumatic experiences and manifests as intense anxiety, distressing nightmares, irritability, diminished interest in activities, and a range of other distressing symptoms.
However, there is hope on the horizon. Treatment for PTSD has shown positive outcomes, with various options available. As a CVT member, you have the opportunity to explore diverse avenues for treatment and care, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), medication, and more.
To enhance your overall mental well-being, valuable resources can be found through your Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP offers support for signs, symptoms, and diagnosis, PTSD in children and adolescents, treatment and support.
PTSD: Signs, Symptoms, and Diagnosis
Identifying post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is challenging due to its varied symptoms. Consulting a specialized therapist is crucial for accurate diagnosis and support. Symptoms of PTSD can include flashbacks, memory difficulties, heightened anxiety, emotional numbness, and loss of interest.
PTSD in Children and Adolescents
Childhood trauma can have lasting effects on children's well-being. Signs of trauma in young children include anger, aggression, fear, and sleep disturbances. Adolescents may show sadness, self-harm behaviors, and substance abuse. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common treatment approach. Adult support, particularly from parents, is vital for creating a stable environment and assisting in therapy.
PTSD: Supporting a Family Member or Friend
PTSD is challenging for both individuals diagnosed with it and their loved ones. It strains relationships, tests patience, and causes alarming behavioral changes. Treating it can be discouraging and emotionally draining for both the affected individuals and their caregivers.
The articles above are meant to be informative and not as a substitute for medical advice or treatment.