Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD) is a term most Americans know something about, but never truly understand it’s full impact. Normally associated with military veterans, police, and other first responders, those with PTSD sometimes suffer in silence. However, there has been far more open conversation about PTSD in the last 20 years. Fortunately, a larger effort is now being made to reach those who are affected. Although more individuals with PTSD are seeking the help they so desperately need, there are still far too many who are not. In fact, the Veteran’s Administration report that was released in 2016 indicated that, from 1999 to 2010, military veterans committed suicide every 65 minutes. It’s likely that many of those were suffering from some form of PTSD.

PTSD Can Be Overwhelming

Simply stated, PTSD is the incapacity to mentally overcome exposure to traumatic events. Those who hurt are often compelled to relive or recall such moments, and it has a powerful and overwhelming effect on their health and ability to function normally.

Not unlike other mental health disorders, those who endure PTSD may not realize it or want to dismiss it. Many of those with careers that demand strength, courage, and daring believe there is a stigma connected with this condition, or that it is a sign of weakness. These views could not be more untrue, and it is important that those enduring PTSD understand that real help is available, and asking for it is the bravest thing you can possibly do.

If you or a loved one is experiencing the following symptoms, they may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and should consider co-occurring disorder treatment at BriteLife Recovery at Hanover: Call us today at 866-470-1464 for a confidential assessment.

  • Anxiety
  • Avoidance
  • Depression
  • Flashbacks
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of interest
  • Negative thoughts
  • Nightmares
  • Numbness
  • Unwanted memories

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