In a recent article, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, reminds people to remember those suffering from PTSD on a day reserved for its awareness. June 28 was national PTSD Awareness Day, and calls to attention the more than 5 million Americans who suffer from this mental health challenge. PTSD is a mental health problem that can result from any traumatic event, such as a national disaster, accident, war-time attack, and combat among others. Many people develop PTSD after years of repeated physical, sexual or psychological abuse. Although some people overcome their symptoms of PTSD relatively quickly, many people suffer for years. Men, women and children are all vulnerable to this problem.
PTSD includes symptoms of agitation, fear, anxiety, depression and even aggression. The problem affects not only the person suffering from it, but impacts their quality of life, job performance and family as well. HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration wants people to know that they have a variety of available outlets for people to receive help for their PTSD. Additionally, they provide support to the friends and family members of those living with PTSD in order to understand and cope with the symptoms of the trauma and the ensuing emotional conditions. Sebelius says, “We have a responsibility to help Americans who have lived through trauma, especially our nation’s service men and women who may be dealing with PTSD. We owe them the care and resources they need to get well.”
Because PTSD often occurs in military veterans, Sebelius adds, “One of our key programs is our partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide military veterans and service members, along with their families, assistance with the effects of PTSD through the confidential toll-free Veterans Crisis Hotline, a service that also offers support through a confidential one-on-one online chat service.”
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