The month-long observance highlights the importance of understanding, treating and coping with the effects of PSTD to help individuals – and their families – improve and prosper in daily life
Before the modern medical term ‘posttraumatic stress disorder’ (PTSD), undiagnosed psychological impacts or injuries from intense combat were often called “shell shock” or “combat fatigue.” These general terms attempted to summarize the unseen but evident psychological and mental health impacts on those who closely experienced violent, stressful and intense combat.
Today, extensive research has identified the lasting and disruptive psychological effects of intense stress and trauma, and it is now medically diagnosed as PTSD. However, its psychological, emotional and mental health impacts are not limited to individuals who have experienced combat.
To bring attention and awareness of the impacts and effects of PTSD, June is designated as National PTSD Awareness Month. The month-long observance highlights the importance of understanding, treating and coping with the effects of PSTD to help individuals – and their families – improve and prosper in daily life.
According to the National Center for PTSD, a program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), about six in every 100 Americans, or 6% of the U.S. population, will experience PTSD in their lives. In addition, PTSD is also more likely to impact women, regardless of performing military service.
The Center for PTSD estimates there are about 12 million people in the U.S. living with PTSD. It can occur after a traumatic event such as combat, a physical assault, or a natural disaster.
To help you recognize, understand and manage PTSD, the following Healthy Homefront® articles provide information about managing PTSD at home, in the workplace and while in recreational settings.
If you, a family member, or friend experience PTSD, check out these resources: