Many are aware of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a mental health condition that affects three to four percent of all people in the United States, and more than 10 percent of U.S. military veterans. It is a condition many experience following a significant traumatic event, in this context defined as being a victim of or witness to a life-threatening event, serious injury, or sexual assault.
Following a traumatic event, if you or someone you care about is experiencing severe nightmares or intrusive waking flashbacks, constant anxiety or fear, persistent feelings of low self-worth, and detachment from others, you may be experiencing PTSD symptoms. You would benefit from looking into building supports and professional treatment to improve your quality of life. We listed information below and support-based resources for PTSD survivors.
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness highlights the main symptoms of PTSD and links to further supportive resources.
- Boston Children’s Hospital highlights PTSD symptoms seen in children, and lists different appropriate treatments and medication. Parents whose children have suffered a recent traumatic event would benefit from reviewing this content.
- The United States Department of Veterans Affairs National PTSD Center has numerous resources listed for military veterans. The Massachusetts VA has this separate resource site for veterans or their families seeking guidance and support in Massachusetts.
- The Trauma Center at JRI is a long-standing community mental health and resource center for PTSD treatment. They provide a range of therapeutic services, and helpful links and guides to coping with the aftermath of different traumatic events.
- RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network) is a nonprofit and resource for sexual abuse survivors that includes a crisis line open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and links to community resources.
As always, feel free to reach out to the Employee Assistance Program for further resources and support for all mental health matters.