PTSD AWARENESS DAY: June 27, 2017
On PTSD Awareness Day, share these 5 reasons to get PTSD treatment with someone you love, and help someone learn about and compare PTSD treatment with the PTSD Treatment Decision Aid.
5 Reasons To Get PTSD Treatment
Early Treatment Is Better.
Symptoms of PTSD may get worse. Dealing with them now might help stop symptoms from getting worse in the future and lead to a better quality of life for you.
It’s Never Too Late to Get PTSD Treatment.
Treatment can help even if your trauma happened years ago. And treatment for PTSD has gotten much better over the years. If you tried treatment before and you’re still having symptoms, it’s a good idea to try again.
PTSD Symptoms Can Affect Those You Love.
PTSD symptoms can get in the way of your family life. You may find that you pull away from loved ones, are not able to get along with people, or that you are angry or even violent. Getting help for your PTSD can help improve your relationships.
PTSD Can Be Related to Other Health Problems.
PTSD symptoms can affect physical health problems. For example, a few studies have shown a relationship between PTSD and heart trouble. By getting help for your PTSD, you could also improve your physical health.
It May Not Be PTSD.
Having some symptoms of PTSD does not always mean you have PTSD. Some of the symptoms of PTSD are also symptoms of other mental health problems. For example, trouble concentrating or feeling less interested in things you used to enjoy can be symptoms of both depression and PTSD. And, different problems have different treatments.
When you seek help, your mental health care provider can determine whether you need treatment for PTSD, or another type of treatment.
Find the Best Treatment for You
You can learn about effective PTSD treatment options using our PTSD Treatment Decision Aid. It includes videos to explain how the treatments work.
You can also build a chart to compare the treatments you like most. Both psychotherapies (also called talk therapy or counseling) and medications are included in the decision aid. You can print or save a personalized summary of your goals and preferences, and share this summary with your provider at your next visit.
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