An extremely important and serious matter comes to our attention on June 27, when National PTSD Awareness Day appears on the calendar. PTSD is a common psychological problem. No one is immune from this; it can seriously complicate one’s life and lead to restrictions and inadequate reactions.
The cause of PTSD can be a traumatic event or phenomenon witnessed by a person (military action, a crime, a natural disaster, or an accident). Manifestations include increased anxiety, panic attacks, and vegetative reactions (tinnitus, dizziness, tremors, darkening of the eyes) caused by the memory. It is intrusive; it is extremely difficult to get rid of the haunting images and flashbacks. The National Center for PTSD created a national day, where those who wish or are affected can share their experiences, and offer or receive help.
The first clinical case was mentioned in the year 50 BC in relation to a soldier who suffered because of his memories of past military clashes.
- PTSD was often described by the classics of American and British modern, classical literature.
- Mass cases of PTSD first appeared in the United States after the end of the bloody battles of the Civil War.
- At the beginning of the XX century, the syndrome was treated with electric shock. In the 50s, such inhumane therapy was replaced by group sessions in psychological support groups.
The official establishment of an event highlighting the importance of awareness of the syndrome was made possible with the support of Senator Kent Conrad, deeply shocked by the news of the suicide of a soldier after serving in Iraq.
How to take part
Familiarize yourself with psychological studies that study the essence of post-traumatic syndrome, its possible causes, and its vivid consequences. It is important to know how to act appropriately in order to get rid of the negative state and gain the freedom of a full life without fear or anxiety. Help a person if they have a problem of a similar nature. Recommend a good specialist if you know of one.
When is National PTSD Awareness Day celebrated in 2023?
National PTSD Awareness Day is observed on June 27 each year.