Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month
PTSD Awareness is observed in the month of June with PTSD Awareness Day held on the 27th day.
PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a condition that many veterans and non-veterans alike suffer. It can occur when someone experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. Maverick County Hospital District calls on all citizens to bring awareness to this disorder that affects an estimated 5% of Americans (13 million people).
It’s estimated that about 70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives. Up to 20% of these people go on to develop PTSD because of it.
Medical care professionals state that approximately 9% (1 out of every 13 people) in the U.S. will develop PTSD during their lifetime. It’s also estimated that 1 out of every 9 women will get PTSD at some time in their lives. Women are about twice as likely as men to develop the disorder.
Trauma that may lead to developing PTSD includes death threats, serious injury, or sexual violence. Exposure includes directly experienced or witnessing the trauma, learning about a close family or friend experiencing a violent or accidental event, or experiencing repeated or extreme exposure to aversive details of a traumatic event. The stress caused by trauma can affect all aspects of a person’s life.
Experts attest that military veteran personnel are among the highest number of people that suffer from PTSD due to the casualties of war.
During the month of June, a greater emphasis on the importance of awareness and treatment for those individuals including military men and women is brought to the nation’s forefront.
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