Raise Your PTSD Awareness
People with PTSD - whether they are civilians or military - are our neighbors, friends and co-workers. Be prepared to help them.
In honor of PTSD Awareness Day – June 27th:
- Take just 5 minutes and visit www.ptsd.va.gov to learn something new about PTSD.
- Visit our Raise PTSD Awareness section to learn how you can help. Each week, meet a different Veteran who talks about living with PTSD and how treatment turned his/her life around.
How much do you know about trauma and PTSD?
TRUE or FALSE? Test yourself:
- Up to 25% of US adults go through trauma in their lifetime.
- PTSD is curable.
- Since returning from war in Iraq, my friend has nightmares about when she was there. She has PTSD.
- Screening positive for PTSD means you need treatment.
- False. During their life 50-60% of US adults will experience at least one trauma. How common is PTSD?
- True. We now have effective PTSD treatments that work for most people, improving their symptoms and changing their lives.
- False. Nightmares are common following trauma. If symptoms affect her day to day life or don't fade over time, she should be assessed for PTSD. (11–20% of recent Veterans have PTSD).
- False. A screen is a list of questions to tell if you might have PTSD. Screening positive for something means you should be evaluated further by a professional. How is PTSD Measured?
Thank you for taking the time to learn a bit more about PTSD. Visit www.ptsd.va.gov for more information.