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:
- PTSD is just one of a range of possible responses to experiencing a traumatic event.
- PTSD is a term use to describe a cluster of adaptations (or “symptoms”) following exposure to a traumatic event, including nightmares or flashbacks.
- 92% of Canadians report having experienced a traumatic event in their lifetime. (The Trauma–Informed Practice (TIP) Guide, 2013).
- There are different types of trauma, including Acute, Chronic, Developmental, Intergenerational, and Historic.
- Childhood trauma can have an impact on brain development, emotional regulation and ability to cope with stress.
- 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.