June is PTSD Awareness Month
PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) is a serious condition that can develop when someone experiences or witnesses a life threatening event, terrorist attack, natural disaster, violent personal assault, or through combat and other military experiences. Many people diagnosed with PTSD can be severely depressed and anxious for months or years following the event.
According to the National Center for PTSD, at least half of Americans have experienced a traumatic event. Approximately 1 in 10 men and 2 in 10 women will develop PTSD. There are four common symptoms of PTSD. Reliving the event, such as unwelcome memories triggered by an event that reminds you of what you witnessed. For example, the sound of a car backfiring can trigger memories of gunfire for a combat veteran. Another symptom is avoiding things that remind you of the event, such as avoiding certain people or situations that bring back memories. You may also feel more negative than you did before experiencing the traumatic event, or you may also feel on edge or jittery, finding it difficult to relax. Sudden anger or irritability may also occur.
The good news is that you can get treatment for PTSD. It is important to find a therapist who is familiar with treating PTSD and utilizes various treatment strategies that best meet your needs. Find someone who is a good fit for you. Veterans can visit www.va.gov/directory/guide/PTSD.asp for further information.
Problems in your marriage or primary intimate relationship can be extremely stressful.
Relationships can be improved with the guidance of a professional. The Behavioral Health Division can help.
Contact us today to schedule a couples therapy appointment.
The Behavioral Health Division is an ally of LGBTQ-identified individuals (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning).
June is National LGBT PRIDE Month
In one national survey, LGBT adults reported higher rates of discrimination compared to heterosexuals. This is one of the most understood causes of minority stress. The level of victimization and discrimination impacts both mental and physical health.
For example, one study showed an increased suicide risk, and another showed higher risks for some types of cancer.
LGBTQ youth are also exposed to many minority stressors, such as harassment and discrimination. The result is a strong risk factor for suicide and suicide attempts. Studies have found high rates of victimization among LGBTQ youth. In one nationwide survey, 84.6 percent of LGBTQ youth reported verbal harassment and 40 percent reported physical harassment. This can result in an increase in mental health problems.
Combating homophobic attitudes is the key to protecting LGBTQ youth. In addition, studies have also concluded that family acceptance, caring adults, and school safety promote health and well-being of LGBTQ youth.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Behavioral Health Division at (708)237-8918 for further information.