Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is more common than you may think. Within the general population, approximately 8% of people will develop PTSD at some point in their lifetime, with women being twice as likely as men to develop this disorder. Further, certain groups of people (such as firefighters or military veterans) are significantly higher risk for developing PTSD. PTSD is a serious mental health disorder and can lead to a number of other problems, including the development of other mental health disorders (anxiety disorders, depression, substance use problems), physical health problems (heart disease, chronic pain), and problems with work, school, and/or relationships.
June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day. This day is focused on increasing awareness of the symptoms of PTSD, its effects, and the treatment options that are available. Even though PTSD can be a debilitating disorder, it can be overcome. You can learn more about PTSD and this important day from the National Center for PTSD.