Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a psychological condition that affects many men and women in the aftermath of traumatic experiences. Thousands of Veterans have this condition as a result of combat experiences, military sexual trauma, and other life-altering circumstances and experiences that soldiers may endure.
During National PTSD Awareness Month, Berry Law stands strong with Veterans and their families whose lives have been affected by this condition due to their honorable service to our country.
If you have PTSD, your ability to function in work, relationships, and everyday life can be significantly affected. The primary symptoms of PTSD can be divided into four main categories — avoidance, reliving, negative thoughts and feelings, and arousal.
For many Veterans, the symptoms of PTSD can be crippling. The National Center for PTSD estimates that 7 out of every 100 Veterans will be affected by this condition. Because PTSD is so common among Veterans, it’s important to stay informed about how the disorder affects those who suffer from it. It’s also essential to be compassionate and empathetic towards people with PTSD, coming alongside those who have dealt with the long-term impact of trauma and providing them with encouragement, support, and access to mental health providers.
Since 2014, the Senate has designated the month of June as a time to raise awareness for post-traumatic stress disorder and ensure that …” those suffering from the invisible wounds of war receive proper treatment.” This year, PTSD awareness month is a time for learning more about the impact of PTSD, fighting to end the stigma surrounding victims of trauma, and making treatment and accommodation more readily available to those who have post-traumatic stress disorder.
Throughout June, there are several ways that you can work to educate yourself and raise awareness for PTSD. The disorder is often underreported, underdiagnosed, and tragically ignored, but you can make a difference in your community by participating in the movement to raise PTSD awareness. Your efforts for the sake of people with PTSD don’t have to end at the end of the month, either — you can make supporting those who have post-traumatic stress disorder and raising awareness for the condition a lifelong practice.
You can start post-traumatic stress disorder awareness month by pledging to inform others about the disorder through social media. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and other social media platforms are all perfect places to raise PTSD awareness. You can share information with your friends and followers to increase their understanding of the impact of PTSD, the statistics on how many people suffer from it, and how it can be treated.
You can make a major positive impact by sharing information about PTSD on social media. You never know who you might reach via the internet – maybe someone will see your post who is struggling with the impact of a traumatic experience. Many people suffer from PTSD symptoms but do not realize that they have a diagnosable, treatable condition. Through social media, you may be the first exposure that your followers ever get to the reality of PTSD. The information that you share can truly be life-changing.
Many sufferers of PTSD feel intense shame in relation to their trauma, and they may avoid seeking treatment or talking to others about their painful experiences. Make your social media presence a force for good by informing others that people living with PTSD have nothing to be ashamed of.
Many of the sufferers of PTSD, male and female, are victims of sexual abuse or assault. Sexual trauma can have extremely damaging long-term effects, and many assault and abuse survivors can spend decades in mental anguish in the aftermath of their trauma. PTSD caused by sexual trauma often goes undiagnosed because of the toxic stigma that many assault and abuse survivors are subjected to. Survivors of sexual trauma often feel so much shame, fear of judgment or invalidation, and even guilt that they may avoid seeking the treatment and mental health care they need.
By helping to raise awareness for PTSD, you can help end the stigma that continues to prevent survivors of sexual trauma from getting the help they need.
Sometimes, all it takes is one validating, accepting person to make someone feel comfortable enough to talk about their traumatic experiences. Many survivors of assault and abuse feel alone, and many more are afraid that the people around them will not listen if they open up about their trauma. Take PTSD awareness month as an opportunity to become a person who others can feel safe around and confide in. By working to end the stigma surrounding PTSD, you can change lives.
PTSD is an extremely common condition among Veterans. Soldiers on active duty can endure many traumatic experiences and events, and a soldier’s time in the military can psychologically affect them for life. Many Veterans develop PTSD as a result of combat experiences, military sexual trauma, or as a result of the intense stress of military service.
Many Veterans are left severely disabled by their PTSD. The disorder can make it difficult for many Veterans to find jobs, leaving sufferers of PTSD in financial distress and unable to support themselves or their families. However, many Veterans who have service-connected PTSD do not know that their disability can qualify them for monthly benefits from the VA.
In addition to the support and care that we can personally provide to loved ones with PTSD, we can spread information about the treatment options that exist to help these individuals manage their symptoms and lead more fulfilling lives. These include trauma-focused psychotherapy, support groups, and a range of other PTSD treatments.
Moreover, the tax-free compensation offered to Veterans with service-connected PTSD can be life-changing. If a Veteran is left severely disabled by the long-term effects of their trauma, they may not be able to work – but the VA’s monthly disability benefits can allow a Veteran to remain financially stable even if they are unable to work.
You can use social media, face-to-face conversations, fundraising for a PTSD awareness event, and other means of communication to raise public awareness of the disability benefits that Veterans with PTSD can receive. You are highly likely to know someone who served in the military and suffers from the condition. This person may not realize that they can receive potentially life-changing compensation to help them get the PTSD treatment they need to manage symptoms and support themselves and their families. You can be the one to let them know that they deserve to receive benefits that can help them on their path to recovery.
While PTSD awareness month is only 30 days, you can commit to raising awareness for the condition for your entire life. As with many mental disorders, PTSD often tragically goes unnoticed and untreated, and many of the sufferers of the condition feel alone, isolated, and ashamed. Speaking out about the reality and prevalence of PTSD can help others understand the condition, working to end the stigma that makes people with PTSD feel so much shame.
If you have PTSD, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Fear of being judged or disbelieved should not stop you from getting the validation, support, and treatment you need. It is not your fault if you have been through a traumatic experience.
You can get help for PTSD from a mental health professional or, if you are a Veteran, by visiting your local Veterans Affairs office. If you need assistance getting VA disability compensation for your PTSD, contact Berry Law.
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