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If you, or someone you know, needs help to stop using substances, call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889, or text your zip code to 435748 (HELP4U), or use the SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator to get help.
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National PTSD Awareness Month is observed in June and it ushers in an array of awareness campaigns run for the benefit of PTSD survivors. PTSD, which stands for post-traumatic stress disorder, occurs in people after they have experienced a particularly traumatic event like war, violent physical/sexual/verbal assault, accidents, and so forth. Symptoms include depression, anxiety, nightmares, paranoia, insomnia, disturbing thoughts, and much more. Many people recover from PTSD after a few days, weeks, or months. Yet, for others, the recovery road might mean one year or more. This mental disorder is highly treatable, but due to the lack of knowledge around it as well as the stigma attached to seeking mental help, many choose to ignore the problem and suffer through it.
In 2010, the U.S. Senate declared June 27 to be National PTSD Awareness Day. However, in 2014, it designated the whole month of June to be observed as National PTSD Awareness Month. This was a welcome move by many PTSD organizations and support groups as many felt that more awareness campaigns needed to be held for people to seek help when it came to PTSD. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, one of the most active forerunners in the fight against PTSD, has released a special June calendar that people can download. This special calendar features several activities (like raising awareness on social media through sharing PTSD helplines, articles, subscribing to YouTube channels, finding local PTSD therapists, etc.) aimed to increase awareness and support for PTSD survivors.
PTSD is not a newly recognized mental disorder. The disorder dates back to 50 B.C. when it was described in a poem by Hippocrates. He talks about the experiences of a soldier returning home after a battle. PTSD started gaining more attention after the wars between England and France when many people, civilians and soldiers alike, reported experiencing symptoms like anxiety, insomnia, intrusive and disturbing thoughts, and flashbacks. This continued throughout WW1 and WW2, with PTSD being named as ‘Shell Shock’ and ‘Battle Fatigue’, respectively. It was during the 1970s’ Vietnam War that the mental disorder was renamed PTSD. Earlier treatments related to electric shock therapy and other painful options. But today’s modern technology and extensive research have led to much better and effective treatments like group therapy, counseling, and antidepressants.
Earliest Recorded PTSD Evidence
Hippocrates’ poem, narrating a soldier’s symptoms after a war, becomes the earliest recorded instance of PTSD in history.
Different Names for PTSD during World Wars
PTSD is named ‘Shell Shock’ and ‘Battle Fatigue’ in WW1 and WW2, respectively.
PTSD Coined During Vietnam War
The U.S. military veterans describe their trauma and its symptoms after the Vietnam War, resulting in the mental disorder being named ‘post-traumatic stress disorder.’
U.S. Senate Declaration of PTSD Awareness Month
The U.S. Senate designates June as the official month for PTSD Awareness.
June is National PTSD Awareness Month. Its goal is to raise awareness about said mental illness for people to recover from it by seeking better treatments.
PTSD is symbolized by the color teal.
You can spread awareness about PTSD by making/sharing social media posts related to it, participating in/organizing PTSD-centered events, designing posters and hashtags, and sharing resources and helplines for PTSD survivors.
PTSD survivors need care, attention, and love. Research shows that people recover faster from illness if they have supporters in the shape of friends and/or family. Be there for them by being informed about their specific symptoms, directing them to professional help, or just lending them an ear.
Research about PTSD’s causes, symptoms, and treatments. You will be better equipped in helping people in the future or even yourself.
The main aim of National PTSD Awareness Month is to spread awareness about it. Talk to your friends and family, go to events related to it, and donate to PTSD organizations if you can afford to. But whatever you choose to do, don’t stop spreading information about the disorder.
The National Center for PTSD states that around 7–8% of the population will experience PTSD in their lifetimes.
Women are twice more likely to suffer from PTSD than men due to a sexual assault/trauma event.
There are two types of trauma and they range in the severity of the causes and triggers: the ‘Big T’ is any type of trauma that has occurred due to a life-threatening situation like wars, natural disasters, physical assault, etc., while the ‘Small t’ is caused due to a disturbing event that is not life-threatening like divorce, abrupt relocation, financial woes, etc.
Experts state that it is completely normal and healthy to experience shivers and trembling after a traumatic, stressful event as it is the body’s way to release all of the excess adrenaline.
Many people can develop PTSD simply because they heard or witnessed someone else going through a traumatic event.
The human mind and body work in complex ways to keep us alive and going. This month, we are reminded not only of the human mind’s immense strength but also some of its limitations. It is a reminder that we are not machines and that it is completely normal to feel the emotions that we do. And unlike machines, we have the strength to get better on our own by helping each other.
The more talk there is about PTSD, the more people will become aware of it, and the more people will seek treatment for it. This domino effect will also help shed light on other types of mental disorders that people suffer from after a traumatic event.
The road to recovery may look different from one person to another, but it is always there. The month raises awareness about better treatment options. It also talks about the different trigger points and what people can do to reduce or avoid them.Courtesy of National Today at https://nationaltoday.com/national-ptsd-awareness-month/
The Township of Ocean Mayor and Council, along with VFW Post 2226, dedicated the recently relocated Vietnam Veterans Monument on Saturday, April 22. The new site, the monument’s permanent home, is at 601 Deal Road, behind the Township Library.
The monument is dedicated to the men and women who served in Vietnam, and Saturday’s ceremony honored all veterans who served in all wars. The monument once stood beside the nature trail at Fort Monmouth U.S. Army Base from 2000 to 2015, according to VFW Post 2226 Commander Jim Mack. It was held in storage for nearly three years until its installation at the Post 2226’s home on Norwood Ave. in Oakhurst in 2018.
When the post’s building was sold in 2021 and activities were relocated to the Long Branch Elks Lodge, plans were made with Township officials to move the monument to a permanent home in Ocean.
EMTs Meghan Fisher, Alexandra Dunn, Jonathan Norrell, & Sydney Woolley stopped by Shop Rite to deliver turkeys and sides to the 95.9 WRAT Broadcast For the People 2022 food drive. It was great to see Gotts and the crew!
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