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PTSD awareness Day was originally started in the USA. It was initially created to educate people about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and encourage people to talk openly about it. It focuses on spreading the word that it is treatable and that those who struggle with it can have hope for a better life. The day brings to light the silent struggle of millions of people and teaches the public that it is a real mental condition that can be treated. This movement can help encourage people with PTSD or C-PTSD to ask for help without shame.  

PTSD Awareness – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone who has been exposed to a traumatic event. Some of these events may include experiencing or learning about abuse (physical, emotional or sexual), natural disasters or serious illnesses. PTSD is estimated to affect about 1 in every 3 people who have experienced traumatic events. It can develop immediately after the experience, or it can occur weeks, months or even years later.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.

PTSD Awareness – Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt. They may also have problems sleeping, such as insomnia, and find concentrating difficult.

These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on the person’s day-to-day life.

Causes of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Any situation that a person finds traumatic can cause PTSD.

These can include:

Serious road accidents

Violent personal assaults, such as sexual assault, mugging or robbery

Serious health problems

Childbirth experiences

PTSD can develop immediately after someone experiences a disturbing event, or it can occur weeks, months or even years later.

PTSD is estimated to affect about 1 in every 3 people who have a traumatic experience, but it’s not clear exactly why some people develop the condition and others do not.

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PTSD – Helpful resources 

NHS Greater Manchester Mental Health – NHS Foundation Trust – Information on PTSD from the NHS.

Mind.org.uk – PTSD How can I help myself?

Living with PTSD can feel overwhelming. This page offers some practical suggestions for looking after yourself. Explains what post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.