PTSD Awareness Month
About eight percent of the population is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
This month, officials are drawing attention to the issue. June is recognized as National PTSD Awareness Month.
PTSD can occur after a traumatic event such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents or physical and sexual assault during childhood or adult years.
Most survivors of trauma return to normal given a little time. However, some people will have stress reactions that do not go away on their own or may even get worse over time.
Sammy Alspaugh is a local veteran who suffers from PTSD. He said, “Everyday is a new battle. Sometimes, I may feel very sad. Sometimes I may see something that triggers it right off the bat in the morning and it puts me on my awareness mode where i’m very tight, security speaking. Just be careful who I allow around me.”
For more information on the disorder, visit www.ptsd.va.gov.