June is PTSD Awareness Month, PTSD Monthly Update - June 2019

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June is PTSD Awareness Month

June is PTSD Awareness Month

There are currently about 8 million people in the United States living with PTSD. Maybe you know one of them.

Even though PTSD treatments work, most people who have PTSD don’t get the help they need. At the National Center for PTSD, we have resources to help you learn more about PTSD symptoms, understand what effective treatment options are available, and find treatment resources near you.

Understand PTSD

PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.

It's normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after a traumatic event. But, if it's been longer than a few months and someone is still having symptoms, it may be PTSD.

Check out our website to get the basics on PTSD and treatment options to help.

Know Your Treatment Options

PTSD Decision Aid

PTSD can be treated. With treatment trauma survivors can feel safe in the world and live happy and productive lives. Effective treatments for PTSD include different types of psychotherapy (talk therapy) or medication.

For many people, these treatments can get rid of symptoms altogether. Others find they have fewer symptoms or feel that their symptoms are less intense. After treatment, most people feel they have a better quality of life.

Use our PTSD Decision Aid to learn more about treatment options.

Get Treatment

There are a number of different ways you can connect with medical providers to get treatment.

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For Providers

The National Center for PTSD website offers a number of free, in-depth Continuing Education courses for medical providers who treat patients with PTSD.

PTSD Treatment and Assessment for Primary Care Providers - Being able to treat Veterans with PTSD in primary care increases the likelihood that they will engage in treatment that helps. This course reviews the PTSD assessment and treatment recommendations relevant for primary care providers and describes resources available to support their work screening and treating Veterans with PTSD.

Assessment and Treatment of PTSD in Patients with Co-occurring Psychotic Disorders - Co-occurring PTSD and psychotic spectrum disorders present unique barriers for providers. This course reviews PTSD assessment and collaborative treatment planning for patients with psychosis.

Find other continuing education opportunities.

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Stay Up-to-Date and Subscribe

The goal at the National Center for PTSD is to keep all professionals up-to-date with the latest in trauma research and how it can be applied. We have several different regular publications to help you stay informed.

During PTSD Awareness Month, please encourage your colleagues to subscribe to these publications from the National Center for PTSD:

  • Clinician's Trauma Update - Online. Provides you with summaries of clinically relevant publications in the trauma field. The summaries are sent via email every two months and are presented in brief format with links to the full article, when available.
  • PTSD Research Quarterly. Each RQ contains a review article written by guest experts on a specific topic related to PTSD. The current RQ is posted online.
  • PTSD Monthly Update. The PTSD Monthly Update contains informative articles on PTSD, trauma and related topics. This publication is for all audiences.

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PTSD in the News

Mindfulness and values-based goal setting can alleviate PTSD symptoms. Clinical research psychologist Eric Meyer, Ph.D. discusses his research on Acceptance and Commitment therapy, which helps Veterans learn how to recognize and respond to internal experiences in constructive ways. Read more.*

Be sure to forward this update to others so they can subscribe. We send one update per month to keep you informed of the latest PTSD developments.

Thank you,

The Staff of VA’s National Center for PTSD

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