What is PTSD?
PTSD stands for
Post-traumatic stress disorder
It is a mental disorder that can be developed after after exposure to a traumatic event such as war, car accidents, sexual assaults, child abuse, and other threats on a individual's life. Recent studies have found that survivors of COVID 19 may experience PTSD.
What is PTSD Month?
June is National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month.
In 2010, Senator Kent Conrad pushed to get official recognition of PTSD via a “day of awareness” in tribute to a North Dakota National Guard member Staff Sergeant Joe Biel who took his life after his return from duty following two tours in Iraq. June 27 is PTSD day which was Sergeant Joe Biel's birthday.
In 2014, the Senate designated the full month of June for National PTSD Awareness.
PTSD can occur when someone experience or witness a traumatic event.
Studies show that about 15% to 43% of girls and 14% to 43% of boys go through at least one trauma. Of those children and teens who have had a trauma, 3% to 15% of girls and 1% to 6% of boys develop PTSD. Rates of PTSD are higher for certain types of trauma survivors.
Trauma is common in women; five out of ten women experience a traumatic event. Women tend to experience different traumas than men. While both men and women report the same symptoms of PTSD (hyperarousal, reexperiencing, avoidance, and numbing), some symptoms are more common for women or men.
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after you have been through a trauma. A trauma is a shocking and dangerous event that you see or that happens to you. During this type of event, you think that your life or others' lives are in danger.
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PTSD Awareness Month Calendar: A Way to Bring Awareness Each Day in June
Resources for this page are obtained from: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs PTSD: National Center for PTSD and