PTSD month sparks push for increased awareness - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

PTSD month sparks push for increased awareness

(Source: TN.gov) (Source: TN.gov)
NASHVILLE, TN (WMC) - June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month. Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services wants to recognize the need for resources and treatment options for those with the disorder. 

“Many Tennesseans have had their safe, routine lives changed by traumatic events such as ice storms, floods, tornadoes, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other events,” said E. Douglas Varney, Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. 

PTSD can result from a single event or series of traumatic events. This can lead to a sense of helplessness and other emotions. 

The response, however, can vary depending on the individual. 

“There may be feelings of depression, fear and grief. Many times, individuals exhibit behavioral and physical responses including dizziness, nausea, flashbacks, nightmares, changes in sleep pattern and/or appetite, as well as withdrawal from daily activities," Chief Medical Officer for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Dr. Howard L. Burley, Jr. said. 

In the U.S., experts believe about 5.2 million adults (3.6%) will experience PTSD during a given year. 

Studies show that between 11-20% of veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom experience PTSD in a given year.

No one is alone in the fight. There are treatment options for PTSD including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Support Groups, and Medication. 

Without treatment, PTSD can lead to substance abuse and depression, among other things. 

Recovery is a daily process and the first step in treatment towards a happy life. 

For more information, Contact Mike Machak at 615-532-6597 or click here.

Copyright 2015 WMC Action News 5. All rights reserved. 

Powered by Frankly