The ABCs of PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is becoming more widely recognized by medical experts and the general public, but there is still much we don’t know. To help educate, here are some important facts about PTSD from the National Institute of Mental Health:

  • PTSD can affect anyone at any age
  • PTSD is a real illness
  • You can get PTSD after living through or seeing a dangerous event, such as war, a hurricane or a bad accident
  • PTSD makes you feel stressed and afraid after the danger is over
  • PTSD affects your life and the people around you
  • Millions of Americans get PTSD every year
  • Many war veterans have had PTSD
  • Women tend to get PTSD more often than men
  • PTSD can be treated, and you can feel better

It’s natural to be afraid when you’re in danger. It’s natural to be upset when something bad happens to you or someone you know. But if you feel afraid and upset weeks or months later, it’s time to talk with your doctor because you might have PTSD.

Need Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Help?

If you or a loved one is suffering from PTSD, there is help. We offer a toll-free helpline that can provide you with information and resources for PTSD and recovery. Our number is available 24 hours a day, so please don’t wait to get the treatment you deserve.