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PTSD Awareness

PTSD Awareness

How To Tell if It Is PTSD?

When you are experiencing the symptoms of PTSD, it can be hard to feel safe. You find yourself unable to stop thinking about the event that’s caused your PTSD. This seemingly unshakable feeling can leave you on edge. You may experience nightmares, which lead to you having restless, or even sleepless nights. Additionally, the experience can leave you feeling isolated, thinking others cannot relate to your experience and you may feel it is easier to be alone. For most people, this will pass in a few weeks or months, but for others, the symptoms may be long-lasting.

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PTSD Symptoms

PTSD symptoms fall into several categories: re-experiencing the event or reliving it in your mind, avoidance of things, places, people that remind you of the event, a negative change in outlook and belief, and hypervigilance or constantly being guarded. For someone to be diagnosed with PTSD they must have symptoms in all of these categories.

These symptoms can manifest at any age, and they may come and go. The best way to identify PTSD is by speaking with a doctor or mental health care provider. It is important to talk with a doctor if you have PTSD symptoms, they are the only ones that can diagnose PTSD. There are many effective treatments that can help manage your symptoms. In conclusion, finding out if you have PTSD is the first step to finding an effective treatment.

It is important to realize that you are not alone and that these treatments can help you regain control of your life.  It can be intimidating, but taking that first step for yourself is important in managing PTSD.

Veterans Disability

If you are a veteran and have been diagnosed with PTSD or any other disability in connection to your military service, you may be entitled to compensation from the Department of Veteran Affairs. Wettermark Keith’s team of veterans disability lawyers will work with you to get the compensation you deserve and have earned through your service.

PTSD Resources

Learn more about PTSD symptoms at the National Center for PTSD. The PTSD Coach app and PTSD Coach Online can also help you learn about PTSD symptoms and practice skills to manage those symptoms. You can even track your PTSD symptoms in the app. The PTSD Treatment Decision Aid is another online tool that can help you decide which treatment is best for you. Other useful resources are the Understanding PTSD and PTSD Treatment booklet, and the National Center for PTSD’s whiteboard videos.

How You Can Help

If you are looking to get involved in a local non-profit organization savingforgottenwarriors.org is an organization with roots in Cullman, Alabama. They are involved with helping out veterans in all manners of ways ranging from transportation to assisting with home repairs. Additionally, they accept donations and are always on the lookout for volunteers. If you’d like more information on how you can get involved contact them at their Office Phone: 256-747-5006, or by Facebook @savingforgottenwarriors.org.

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