It’s not too late to catch the special in person Take Back Tuesday Live to close out Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month with a discussion of the personal experiences of PTSD of the Liner Wand’s own Melissa DeChellis and Alex Boutte. Melissa is our community resource director and Alex is one of our star guest writers. Melissa and Alex joined forces for in person live to discuss what it is like to live with PTSD, coping mechanisms they have used, the importance of therapy, proper treatment, self-care, and positive self-talk.
June is PTSD awareness month. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that develops in reaction to physical injury or severe mental or emotional distress, such as military combat, violent assault, natural disaster, or other life-threatening events. Having cancer may also lead to PTSD. It is important that PTSD can affect ANYONE, not just military personnel or first responders. Symptoms interfere with day-to-day living and include reliving the event in nightmares or flashbacks; avoiding people, places, and things connected to the event; feeling alone and losing interest in daily activities; and having trouble concentrating and sleeping. Also called post-traumatic stress disorder.
If you or someone you know is experiencing signs or symptoms of PTSD know there are many resources available to help. It is always advised to first seek out professional help. There is no stigma in getting the help you need for your mental health. Here are some additional resources:
WHERE TO GET HELP:
The first step is reaching out if you or someone you know needs help. Learning all you can about mental health is an important first step. Reach out to your health insurance, primary care doctor or state/county mental health authority for more resources.
Contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine (https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-HelpLine) to find out what services and supports are available in your community.
If you or someone you know needs helps now, you should immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or call 911.
National Center for PTSD:
Make the Connection:
The Liner Wand:
Accelerated Resolution Therapy: