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June is PTSD awareness month

June is recognized as PTSD Awareness Month. (Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) June is recognized as PTSD Awareness Month. (Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

(WTVM)– June is recognized as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month, and at least 8.5 percent of the population will suffer from it in some form during their lifetime.

According to the Pastoral Institute in Columbus, PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can affect people in several ways.

Certain jobs that have higher instances of PTSD include those who have served or are now serving in the military, law enforcement, or fire and medical services.

Mark Strunck with the Pastoral Institute says it is important for the community to understand PTSD is a debilitating disorder.

"Do some studying to find out this is a real disorder. Sometime they dismiss it as "Oh that's just somebody trying to get out of their job or they want to get some type of disability coverage and they are just making this up. I have set with individuals where it was quite obvious this was very real."

Signs of PTSD include:

  • difficulty in large groups
  • separating yourself emotionally from loved ones
  • reliving a traumatic experience through nightmares or flashbacks
  • constantly being on guard or keyed up (also called hyperarousal)

Click here for more information on how you can help during PTSD Awareness Month and resources for those who are suffering from PTSD.

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