LAKE COUNTY – The Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) estimates that 6% of people in the United States will experience PTSD at some point in their lives; Approximately 12 million adults in the US suffer from PTSD each year.
In 2010, the US Senate designated June 27 as National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day, and in 2014 the entire month of June was designated National PTSD Awareness Month.
If you think you, or someone you know, has PTSD, you are not alone and Lake County Behavioral Health Services wants to make sure you have access to informational resources and support. Self-care and learning to identify signs of PTSD in ourselves and loved ones are essential to ensure that people affected by this common condition receive appropriate resources and treatment. Unfortunately, most people with PTSD don’t get the help they need.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can affect people of all ages. It is defined by the American Psychological Association as “…an anxiety problem that develops in some people after extremely traumatic events.” PTSD can result from going through or seeing a life-threatening event. Stress reactions in response to these types of events are to be expected, and most people begin to feel better over time. PTSD can lead to recurring dreams about the trauma, troubled relationships, irritability, anger, and isolation.
As the weather warms and driers, Lake County residents may be reminded of the fire disasters we’ve witnessed. “Although we’re a strong and resilient community, it’s important to be aware of our mental health and how important good mental health is to our overall health,” says Todd Metcalf, director of Lake County Behavioral Health Services. “It’s okay not to be okay. However, finding appropriate help and support when struggling with PTSD or any other mental health issue is critical to proper treatment.”
There are treatments available that can help people with PTSD. Options include different types of trauma-informed therapy, as well as medication to manage symptoms. Many find the American Psychological Association article How Do I Know If I Need Therapy? Resource a helpful guide:
Support and treatment for people affected by PTSD is available right here in Lake County. For more information, contact Lake County Behavioral Health Services at 707-274-9101 or 707-994-7090.