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December 10, 2011

It's PTSD Awareness Week, Keep Up The Awareness!

PTSD is real and Veterans deserve all the care they earned serving our country!
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological condition that reflects the development of characteristic symptoms following exposure to extremely devastating traumatic events. Basically, PTSD is a stress and anxiety disorder that occurs to an individual when the individual tries to react in a normal manner to an extreme abnormal event.

According to the definition of PTSD to qualify as having PTSD you must meet the following criteria.

  1. You have been exposed to a traumatic event involving actual or threatened death or injury, during which you respond with panic, horror, and feelings of helplessness. (Note) (Some individuals have a tendency to misunderstand this symptom of PTSD. They see the word "panic" and they read no further. This symptom of PTSD includes all individuals, men, women, and children. If you are in the military and involved in a combat situation your training and normal survival instincts allow you perform.)
  2. You reexperience the trauma in the form of dreams, flashbacks, intrusive memories, or unrest at being in situations that remind you of the original trauma.
  3. You show evidence of avoidance behavior, a numbing of emotions and reduced interest in others and the outside world.
  4. You experience physiological hyper arousal as evidenced by insomnia, agitation, irritability or outburst of rage.
  5. The symptoms in Criteria B, C, and D persist for at least one month.
  6. The symptoms have significantly affected your social or vocational abilities or other important areas of your life.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of PTSD, it is imperative that you seek treatment as quick as possible.
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