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Transcript of PTSD
Thomas De La Torre
What is PTSD??
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur after a person experiences or witnesses a life-threatening event.
How it forms
How to support those affected
Who Gets PTSD Most
PTSD's trail of damage
Life style effects include
- Loss of interest in activities
- Inability to remember important
aspects of the trauma
Increased anxiety and emotional arousal
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling jumpy and easily
One in three returning troops are being diagnosed with PTS symptoms
Tips for coping with PTSD in the family
- Getting better takes time
Educate yourself about PTSD
- The more you know about the symptoms, effects and treatment options, the better equipped you'll be to help your loved one
- Able to understand what they are going through
Don't pressure them into talking
- It is very difficult for them to talk about their traumatic experiences
- Instead of forcing it, let them know you'll be there to listen whenever they're ready
Save the Soldiers
Various traumatic events can cause PTSD.
Living through, domestic violence, or sexual, physical, or verbal abuse
Surviving a dangerous event like a car accident, natural disaster
Being a part of combat or witnessing war as a civilian
Acting as a first responder in traumatic events
Experiencing the sudden death of a close friend or family member
Less than 40% will seek help
of Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their lives.
60.7% of men and 51.2% of women reported at least one traumatic event.
On average, FIVE active-duty troops attempt suicide EACH DAY
the 12 steps of it
Estimates of PTSD from the Gulf War are as high as 10%.
Veteran homelessness is on the rise with 1/3 of out nations homeless being veterans
About 30 percent of the men and women who have spent time in war zones experience PTSD.
Estimates from the war in Afghanistan are between 6 and 11%. Current estimates of PTSD in military personnel who served in Iraq range from 12% to 20%.
women (10.4%) twice as likely as men (5%) to develop PTSD
About 3.6 percent of U.S. adults aged 18 to 54 (5.2 million people) have PTSD during the course of a given year
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29 Jan. 2015 ptsdusa.org/what-is-ptsd/the-statistics
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Plan family activities together
Encourage contact with family and close friends
Do some physical activity together