3 Myths About PTSD, PTSD Monthly Update - February 2018

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3 Myths About PTSD

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PTSD is a mental health issue that is often associated with a great deal of stigma, both in military and civilian populations.

Several myths about the condition appear to contribute to these beliefs.

3 common misunderstandings about PTSD to reconsider

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PTSD is a sign of mental weakness

PTSD can happen to anyone. It is not a sign of weakness. A number of factors can increase the chance that someone will have PTSD, many of which are not under that person's control. For example, having a very intense or long-lasting traumatic event or getting injured during the event can make it more likely that a person will develop PTSD. PTSD is also more common after certain types of trauma, like combat and sexual assault.

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People with PTSD are dangerous

Although PTSD is associated with an increased risk of violence, the majority of Veterans and non-Veterans with PTSD have never engaged in violence. When other factors like alcohol and drug misuse, additional psychiatric disorders, or younger age are considered, the association between PTSD and violence is decreased.

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Nothing can be done for people with PTSD

There are more effective PTSD treatment options than ever. Effective treatments for PTSD include different types of psychotherapy (talk therapy) or medication. Studies have shown that for some people, these treatments can get rid of symptoms altogether. Others find they have fewer symptoms or feel that their symptoms are less intense.

Learn more about PTSD and PTSD treatment

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Research at the Center

Evaluating PTSD Apps for Veterans and Family

Investigators continue to examine how the PTSD Coach and PTSD Family Coach mobile phone apps may help trauma survivors and their significant others.

Ongoing studies are testing the apps' impact on Veterans' PTSD symptoms and treatment engagement, as well as relationship quality and family members' well-being.

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PTSD in the News

A Drug Widely Used to Treat PTSD Symptoms Has Failed a Rigorous Trial. Dr. Matthew Friedman, Senior Advisor at the National Center for PTSD, was interviewed for this Scientific American article about PTSD and prazosin. Read more.*

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The Staff of VA’s National Center for PTSD

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