Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: What You Should Know

June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) awareness month.

Here’s 5 things you need to know about PTSD:

  1. PTSD is just one of a range of possible responses to experiencing a traumatic event.
  2. PTSD is a term use to describe a cluster of adaptations (or “symptoms”) following exposure to a traumatic event, including nightmares or flashbacks.
  3. 92% of Canadians report having experienced a traumatic event in their lifetime. (The TraumaInformed Practice (TIP) Guide, 2013).
  4. There are different types of trauma, including Acute, Chronic, Developmental, Intergenerational, and Historic.
  5. Childhood trauma can have an impact on brain development, emotional regulation and ability to cope with stress.
  6. If you have experienced a traumatic event, it’s important to talk to someone who can support you through it.

Talking to a supportive friend, family member or professional is an important part of processing and healing after witnessing or being a part of a traumatic event.

Sara Lewis is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and offers appointments at Local Health Integrative Clinic on Sundays and Fridays. Click here to book an appointment with Sara.