National PTSD Awareness Day:
On Every 27th of June, National Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day is observed to publicly discuss about this Silent Disorder.
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Why National PTSD Awareness Day?
It is surveyed that More than 60% of men and women experience at least one traumatic event in their life. Not all develops PTSD, however, 6.8% of Men and 9.7% of women in U.S are suffered from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder at some point and 88% of men and 79% of women with lifetime PTSD has at least one side effect psychiatric disorder along with the usual Symptoms.
It is estimated that half of the people who overcame PTSD are through counselling at early stages. Thus, to create awareness about this silent disorder ,this day is being recognized by the United States Senate.
Not all wounds are visible. still this wound is a deadly one that intrude our mind with even milder symptoms. Lets find and kill it before it kill us.
How can we observe National PTSD Awareness Day:
As it is comparatively too common among military veterans as they experience traumatic incidents, reach out to a military veteran near your area other than your relatives and spend some quality time to check his or her mental well being. As normally they might be estranged from other people, they need someone to get over the flashbacks and that terrifying incidents.
Not only military veterans, talk to other people who suffered from traumatic incidents that includes sexual assault, traffic collisions, child abuse, domestic violence as they are at higher risks of suicide and self-harm.
If you are a PSTD survivor, share your experiences on how you overcame this silent disorder as some might need medical treatment and on some cases it does go away after some time. share your experiences through #NationalPTSDAwarenessDay and #PTSDAwarenessDay and save lives.
Always take a test if you ever have 1% of doubt about your mental health. Discuss your problems with your family members and shout out for help immediately when required. Don’t read articles about PTSD as it would worsen your mental strength. Rather, visit a doctor and consult. And of course, You can read about PTSD Awareness related articles as you will come know how people fought and overcame this behavioral disorder.
There are some risk factors which could be prevented. Especially when it comes to intimate partner violence. If your partner abuses you, immediately call the police for help and don’t forgive them even once. If you did so, it would be an advantage to him or her. No one who you calls as family/spouse would ever harm you if he/she really loves you.
It is proved that PTSD could be hereditary as estimated that approximately 30% of PSTD is through genetical influence. So if any of your blood-related members is suffering(overcoming) from this disorder, you voluntarily take test on a regular basis. By taking treatments at a right time, you can avoid unnecessary perils.
Interesting facts about National PTSD Awareness Day:
Interesting facts related to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder one should know on this Day:
The disease is first documented at the Ancient Greece civilization. The detailed private diary of Samuel Pepys describes about the symptoms( similar to PTSD) after the Fire of London incident in 1666.
During the World War, the condition were termed as “shell shock” and “combat neurosis. The terminology “Post-traumatic Stress Disorder” came into use by 1970’s as a large part of Military veterans of Vietnam war suffered from the conditions. Later the term is officially pronounced by American Psychiatric Association in 1980.
During the Vietnam War ,it is estimated that at least 830,000 Vietnam War veterans suffered symptoms of PTSD. The lifetime prevalence is roughly calculated as 30% .
Not all people who experience traumatic incidents develop PSTD. The one who experienced interpersonal violence are likely to be develop PSTD when compared non-assault traumas like Accidents and Natural Disaster.
The best treatment is psychotherapy Counselling. Medication comes next. Antidepressants are the first-level medication that benefits half of the people. Usage of benzodiazepines, may worse and complicate further.
Around 80% of people with lifetime PSTD has at least one comorbid(additional disorder along with the other symptoms) psychiatric disorder with major one as alcohol dependence.
As of 2013, 20% of the PTSD rate are of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with 13% returning from Iraq were unemployed.
History of National PTSD Awareness Day:
In order to create awareness to the people about this silent disorder, The United States Senate enacted a day to for PSTD Awareness. Army Staff Sergeant. Joe Biel who was deputed at North Dakota National Guard took his life in 2007 immediately after returning from his second duty in the Iraq War. He suffered from PTSD that took his life without taking proper treatment. The knowledge of PTSD is lesser known hence not dragonized. Thus, in order to create awareness and to tribute Joe Biel, his birthdate is been chosen as PSTD Awareness Day.