Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) is a type of mental health disorder that leaves people struggling with thoughts and feelings of past trauma. June is PTSD Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness of this debilitating condition and provide opportunities for healing. With the proper trauma-informed care, individuals can overcome the challenges of this disorder and build a stronger, healthier future. At Archstone Behavioral Health, our dedicated team of compassionate counselors can help.
Why Is PTSD Awareness Month So Important?
PTSD is a misunderstood mental health disorder. Though people may say they feel like they have PTSD from everyday situations, a person with this disorder is faced with a constant negative reminder of some type of trauma that happened in their past. It may not be fully understood, or the trauma may be unresolved, leading to ongoing pain. Some of the most common symptoms of PTSD include:
- Intense emotional reactions to people, places, experiences, or thoughts that do not seem properly placed
- Flashbacks or visions of something that happened before
- Fear that limits a person from engaging in activities
- Use of drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with those feelings
- Inability to engage in life because of these past experiences.
This condition occurs when a person experiences some type of trauma that the brain does not process properly. Over a period of time, that trauma remains, in the back of their mind, only to come out as a memory or a very realistic experience, causing pain.
What PTSD Awareness Day Can Mean to You
During this month, the goal is to raise public awareness around PTSD. Many people don’t realize what it is or how it may be impacting their life. More so, this month is a good time to work to reduce the stigma associated with this mental health disorder and others. In doing so, it may help to encourage people with this disorder to get the help they desperately need.
What Type of Help Is Available for PTSD?
The invisible wounds experienced by someone with PTSD can limit a person’s quality of life, cause them to withdraw from life, and create turmoil that leads to self-management of symptoms through the use of drugs and alcohol. Treatment works to fix this.
Using the proper types of therapy, it is possible to break the connection between the trauma that happened a long time ago and your life right now. For those with addiction, treatment for this mental health disorder can prove to be vitally important to stop using drugs and alcohol.
At Archstone Behavioral Health, we offer a comprehensive treatment plan to address what’s happening to you, providing the tools and resources necessary to overcome this. We do this through a range of treatment programs and therapies, including:
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Medication-assisted treatment
- Partial hospitalization program
- Residential treatment programs
- Psychotherapy program
Through treatment, a person gains confidence and support. They learn how to work through that challenging experience to create a way forward that doesn’t involve painful flashbacks or substance use disorder.
On PTSD Awareness Day and Month, make it a point to realize your life does not have to be controlled by such memories. Take the time right now to realize this is a treatable mental health disorder that can get better with the right treatment in a positive location. Our dedicated team can help you to put life back together.
Choose Archstone Behavioral Health for Support Today
During PTSD Awareness month, take a few minutes to think about what’s happening to you or a close loved one. You don’t have to suffer through fear and stress each day. Instead, allow the team at Archstone Behavioral Health to offer support and treatment. Learn more when you call 561.631.9478 or reach out to us online.