People often talk about PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as something that veterans deal with. While it is something often seen in veterans, it affects the veteran’s family, friends and even coworkers and neighbors. Ongoing research is looking at why veterans react differently to traumatic events and what leads some to develop PTSD, and at what treatments are most effective at treating it.
If you are a veteran who struggles with PTSD, or a family member or friend looking for resources to help you understand and help, Maryville University has a page with a number of explanations of the condition and links to additional information.
If you need help right now, (like wanting to hurt yourself or someone else), go to the nearest hospital emergency room or call 911. If it is not a VA hospital, you may be able to move to a VA facility depending on your circumstances. If you are feeling suicidal, you can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at
1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 for the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline
or visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ and click on Veterans Chat Live with a Counselor. Mental health professionals are available to talk with you 24 hours a day.Tags: PTSD, resources, suicide prevention, veterans
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