PTSD can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any age. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can occur after someone has either personally or tangentially experienced a traumatic event that involves death or threat of death, serious injury or threat of serious injury, or sexual violation.
The symptoms of PTSD can be present immediately, or they can remain dormant and appear months or even years later. Learn more about this sometimes debilitating condition during PTSD Awareness Month throughout the month of June.
Signs & Symptoms of PTSD
Unfortunately, too often people ignore the symptoms they are experiencing, particularly if they are not the one who was harmed or killed. Survivor’s guilt may keep them from admitting that they too suffered from a traumatic event, even if they are walking, talking, standing, and living.
The presence of any of these symptoms can be an indication that treatment for PTSD is needed:
- Recurring involuntary memories of the event
- Flashbacks that put the PTSD patient back in that moment as if it were really happening again
- Avoidance of reminders of the PTSD event
- Increased anxiety
- Difficulty sleeping
- Extremely jumpy
- Extremely intolerant
- Exaggerated startle response
- Difficulty concentrating
Hope for Heroes
During PTSD Awareness month, Desert Parkway Behavioral Healthcare Hospital wants to highlight our program for military personnel, active and retired, who are suffering from and struggling with PTSD, as well as the first responders and other safety officers of our community.
Hope for Heroes includes PTSD awareness but is more about a focused treatment that incorporates the combat-related challenges of PTSD, whether that be on the field of battle or a roadside accident.
This inpatient program encourages patients to create their own community within the hospital with others who have similar experiences and challenges. Post-discharge groups provide the continued support you need as you deal with PTSD and reintegration into civilian life.
In your military life or life as a first responder you do not try to fight any battles alone, so do not try to beat PTSD by yourself. Contact Desert Parkway Behavioral Healthcare today to discuss the treatment options available.