June is PTSD Awareness Month
We at Lane encourage you to learn more about PTSD in June from below useful resources:
- PTSD Coach app and PTSD Coach Online – learn about PTSD symptoms and practice skills to manage symptoms.
- PTSD Treatment Decision Aid – help you decide best treatment.
- Understanding PTSD and PTSD Treatment booklet
- National Center for PTSD’s whiteboard videos.
Is It PTSD?
When you have PTSD, it’s hard to feel safe. The traumatic event – natural disaster, combat, sexual assault, accident – can take hold, and you find you can’t stop thinking about it. Maybe you have nightmares and trouble sleeping. Maybe you feel on edge and unsettled or don’t find pleasure in things you used to enjoy. Maybe you feel it’s just easier to be alone. Feelings like these are common after going through a trauma. For most people, they pass in a few weeks or months, but for others they are long lasting.
PTSD symptoms can happen at any age, and they come and go. Only a mental health care provider can diagnose you with PTSD. And, knowing if you have PTSD is the first step to getting effective treatment. So, it is important to talk with a doctor if you think you have symptoms. There are effective treatments even if you have been living with symptoms for years.
Keep in mind that you’re not alone. And, there are treatments that will help you feel better and take back control of your life. Be the advocate – take that first step for yourself.