Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Jasmine Daudier

What is the characterization or definition of your mental illness?

post traumatic stress disorder is (PTSD) a condition of persistent mental and emotional stress occurring as a result of injury or severe psychological shock, typically involving disturbance of sleep and constant vivid recall of the experience, with dulled responses to others and to the outside world.

  • How many people are affected by your mental illness?
  • An estimated 7.8 percent of Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their lives, with 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

  • How can someone tell if they have your mental illness?
    1. Reliving or re-experiencing the trauma
    2. Attempts to avoid thoughts, situations, or people that are reminders of the trauma
    3. Increased anxiety or arousal, including being constantly on guard for danger, and being easily startled

  • What treatments exist to treat your mental illness?
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one type of counseling. Research shows it is the most effective type of counseling for PTSD. The VA is providing two forms of cognitive behavioral therapy to Veterans with PTSD: Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy.

  • How can people get help for the treatment of your mental illness?
  • getting help includes therapy and support from your family

  • What resources are available to help gain knowledge about your mental illness?
  • NAMI-National Alliance of Mental Illness

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