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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

June is PTSD awareness month. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health problem that some develop after experiencing or witness a life-threatening event like combat, a natural disaster, car accident, or sexual assault. Anyone can develop PTSD at any age. There are factors that can increase the chance someone will develop PTSD, and these are often not under a person’s control.

The goal of PTSD Awareness Month is to spread awareness of PTSD symptoms and effects, as well as advance the discussion about diagnosis, treatment, and care for those suffering from PTSD. Symptoms may start within one month of a traumatic event, but sometimes symptoms may not appear until years after the event. These symptoms cause significant problems in social or work situations and in relationships. They can also interfere with your ability to go about your normal daily tasks.