PTSD is in the headlines. For service members suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, this is potentially good news. Identifying PTSD as an ailment that has sound research and options for treatment for means that service members no longer need to suffer with this emotionally debilitating syndrome in silence.
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PTSD Awareness is First Step to Successful Military Treatment

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PTSD is in the headlines. For service members suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, this is potentially good news.

Identifying PTSD as an ailment that has sound research and options for treatment for means that service members no longer need to suffer with this emotionally debilitating syndrome in silence.

Removing the stigma and making support services available to service members has been the key to their healing.

But sometimes, news stories paint an incomplete picture of PTSD and even contribute to misunderstanding and stereotypes.

Thus the importance of PTSD Awareness Month: promoting public awareness and understanding of PTSD by the National Center for PTSD, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, every June.

The 2013 campaign theme, "Take the Step," is designed to encourage people to challenge their beliefs about PTSD and make sure those beliefs are supported by research.

The goal of greater public awareness of PTSD is to reduce the stigma of this mental health problem and overcome the negative stereotypes that keep many service members from pursuing treatment.

For soldiers living with PTSD, effective treatments can be lifesaving.

What Do You Know About PTSD?

  • Anyone can develop PTSD: Veterans and non-veterans, men and women, the very young and the elderly.

  • Seven to 8 percent of the U.S. population will have PTSD at some point in their lives -- that's up to 25 million people, based on current U.S. population estimates, and many more are affected by a loved one's PTSD.

  • Chances are that someone you know has PTSD.

  • Mental health experts are not sure why some people develop PTSD and others do not.

A very common misconception is that PTSD treatment doesn't work. In fact, treatments for PTSD can help and not only for those whose symptoms are severe.

Treatments range from several forms of counseling, such as cognitive processing therapy, to prolonged exposure and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing demonstrated to work for most people with PTSD. Patient and therapist often work together to develop skills to deal with difficult thoughts and feelings. Sessions are goal-oriented.

Several types of medications, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, have also been shown to reduce PTSD symptoms.

These therapies and medications have the best evidence as effective treatments for PTSD, supported by many years of research by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and others.



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