June is PTSD Awareness Month - here are resources if you need help

June is PTSD Awareness Month - here are resources if you need help

What Is PTSD?

PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.

It's normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. At first, it may be hard to do normal daily activities, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about. But most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months.

If it's been longer than a few months and you're still having symptoms, you may have PTSD. For some people, PTSD symptoms may start later on, or they may come and go over time.

Resources to Learn More:

  • Hidden Wounds www.hiddenwounds.org: Hidden Wounds is a non-profit organization headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina whose mission is to help heroes battle the invisible war at home. Their mission is to provide peace of mind and comfort for military personnel suffering combat stress injuries such as PTSD, TBI and other psychological postwar challenges. They provide interim and emergency psychological treatment for veterans and military personnel.
  • National Center for PTSD https://www.ptsd.va.gov/index.asp
  • style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;">SC Veterans Policy Academy  http://www.scvets1stopinfo.org/
  • style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; word-spacing: 0px;">NAMI-Mid Carolina http://www.namimid-carolina.org/
  • style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; word-spacing: 0px;">Army Substance Abuse Program http://acsap.army.mil/sso/pages/index.jsp
  • style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; word-spacing: 0px;">American Foundation for Suicide Prevention http://www.afsp.org/
  • style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; word-spacing: 0px;">Give an Hour http://www.giveanhour.org/
  • style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; word-spacing: 0px;">Mobile Self-Help Apps https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/materials/apps/index.asp