June 27th is PTSD awareness day,
More than likely you have seen this acronym before. Most of you probably associate this acronym with current military personnel and veterans. Undoubtedly you have seen news stories, articles, and even advertisements that have made an effort to bring to light the alarming amount of US soldiers returning from war inflicted with this disorder. You’ve seen it on the big screen with the recent release of “American Sniper” and the story of Chris Kyle. But what is PTSD? Who can be impacted by this condition? What are its symptoms? How is it treated?
PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental disorder that can affect anyone who experiences or witnesses any terrifying or traumatic event that triggers fear, shock, horror, or helplessness. PTSD was first defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III), published by the America Psychiatric Association (APA), in 1980. Even after thirty-five years, research into the cause, impact, and treatment of this disorder continues.
Traumatic events can include:
- Military combat and atrocities of war
- Natural disasters
- Sexual assaul
- Domestic abuse
- Serious accidents
- Violent death
Symptoms of PTSD:
- Flashbacks (reliving the trauma event)
- Avoidance and withdrawal from loved ones
- Emotional numbness
- Guilt, Depression, Worry
- Loss of interest in once enjoyable activities
- Easily startled and often “on edge”
- Difficulty sleeping and loss of focus
- Angry outbursts
If you or someone you love has experienced a traumatic event in their life and are currently experiencing any of the symptoms, we at Creative Care Pharmacy want you to know that there is hope. This condition is very treatable and we urge you to talk to your primary care physician or give us a call so we can refer you to one immediately. Treatment options usually include both working with a therapist and starting a drug regimen that works to alleviate the symptoms so you can manage and ultimately be free of your condition. Creative Care Pharmacy will work with you and your physician closely to help maximize and manage your drug therapy to ensure you are getting the best care possible. We look forward to being your partner on your road to recovery.
Here are a few more resources on PTSD and how to get involved:
Considering the topic of this blog and the fact that it is a little over a week away from the July 4th holiday, Creative Care Pharmacy would like to take this opportunity to thank current military personnel and veterans for their service to our country and the sacrifices they have made to ensure our freedoms. We are all in your debt. Have a safe and happy holiday!
Creative Care Team