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June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month

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The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse are raising awareness for PTSD Month in June. 

It’s important to recognize when you or someone you love may be experiencing PTSD. Many Tennesseans have had their lives changed overnight as a result of a traumatic experience.

Trauma can come in many different forms and can cause physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual harm. The experience and impact is unique to every person.

Here are some types of Trauma Associated with PTSD:

  • Physical or sexual assault
  • Natural disaster such as a tornado, flood, or fire
  • Being in or witnessing a serious car accident
  •  Sudden or violent death of someone close
  • Serious injury, major surgery, or life-threatening illness
  • Domestic or family violence, dating violence, community violence
  • War, terrorism, bullying, or political violence

There are a variety of treatment options for PTSD.  Your physician may prescribe one or more of the following:

  • Cognitive Behavioral (“talk”) Therapy
  • Support Group
  • Medication

“The way individuals respond to a traumatic event can vary,” said Dr. Howard L. Burley, Jr., Chief Medical Officer for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. “There may be feelings of depression, fear, and grief.  Many times the behavioral and physical responses can include dizziness, nausea, flashbacks, nightmares, changes in sleep pattern and/or appetite, as well as withdrawal from daily activities.  It can take weeks, months, even years for individuals to begin to feel and behave normal again.”

Not all individuals who experience traumatic events need to seek treatment.  In some cases, individuals have reported feeling better within a few months of an event.  

An estimated 5.2 million adults (3.6%) will experience PTSD annually. Estimates for military personnel tend to be much higher               

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