PTSD: It Affects More Than You Think

It’s bigger than just affecting active or veteran service men and women. In fact, anyone of all ages and walks of life could be affected by this well-recognized but highly misunderstood mental health disorder. The only way to increase support services for PTSD is to clear up the misunderstandings associated with it.

What is PTSD?

PTSD, as defined by www.ptsd.va.gov, is “a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.” In other words, any traumatic experience could lead to someone suffering from varying levels of PTSD.

Who develops PTSD?

Anyone, regardless of age, can develop PTSD. Several factors could increase the likelihood that someone will develop the disorder. Plus, most of these factors are not under a person’s control. Personal factors like family life, gender, age, the type of traumatic event, among others could affect if and how a person develops PTSD.

Why is it important to seek treatment for PTSD?

Just like any other mental or physical illness, the symptoms associated with PTSD could be alleviated or completely healed over time. If left untreated, this disorder could stop you from enjoying your life by damaging relationships or causing problems at work.

How do I know if I have PTSD?

Seeking a proper diagnosis from a trained mental health professional is the only way to know if you or a loved one suffer from PTSD. Usually, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician to ask for a referral to a mental health specialist.

Does Culbertson provide services or treatment for PTSD?

Yes! Culbertson Clinics provide care and treatment for numerous mental health disorders to include PTSD. Make an appointment with your primary care doctor to ask about a referral to our counseling services.

Want to learn more about how Culbertson Memorial can help treat PTSD for you or a loved one? Contact us today!