Week 4: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder #MHM #MHAM

For each of Mental Health Month, the SITREP will post information and resources focused on a mental health issue. For Week Four, the focus is on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The Weight of Rejection: Linking LGBTQ+ and PTSD (The Recovery Village)
People in the LGTBQ+ community can face daily struggles with finding acceptance. Rejection can leave an emotional scar that lasts forever, so acceptance and understanding are key.

What It’s Like to Be LGBTQ With PTSD (Into More)
A word of warning: the accounts below describe emotional, physical, and/or sexual violence. Take care of yourself and opt out if you need to — and, anyway, the tl;dr is: Whatever you’re going through, you’re not alone, and you don’t have to suffer in silence.

Bi vets especially at risk for PTSD (Washington Blade)
Researchers found that bisexual veterans are 2.5 times more likely to suffer from severe depression and 2.3 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than their straight peers.

PTSD: It Comes With the Territory If You’re LGBT (The Advocate)
The need for inclusive LGBTQ-specific health centers equipped to address the unique experiences of our community is particularly acute in the aftermath of Orlando. Our community faces violence and trauma every day.

Veterans with PTSD at a Higher Risk of Suicide (Psychiatry Advisor)
Veterans who tested positive for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were associated with a 58% higher risk of suicide right after screening compared to vets without PTSD. One year later, vets with PTSD had a 26% higher risk. The strongest indicator was a “yes” answer to feeling “numb or detached from others, activities, or your surroundings.”

PTSD in Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans (Very Well Mind)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anger are common in Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. In fact, Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans are at risk for a number of mental health problems. Studies have consistently shown that veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars exhibit high rates of PTSD, depression, and substance use disorders.

For veterans with PTSD, pandemic ‘feels a lot like wartime’ (NBC News)
Some veterans have spent years working to overcome their trauma. The Covid-19 crisis has thrust them back to their darkest days.

40 Years Later: Addressing PTSD Among Older Combat Veterans (Northwestern/The Family Institute)
Although symptoms of PTSD usually begin occurring within the first months of experiencing a traumatic incident, it can be years before someone has an accurate diagnosis. For Vietnam veterans who served before the military understood and was prepared to assist with the effects of the condition, being diagnosed with PTSD later in life presents distinct challenges for older veterans and the counselors who serve them.

Self-Help & Coping (National Center for PTSD)
It is common to experience some level of stress reactions after a trauma. Many people feel detached or down, have sleep problems like nightmares, or have flashbacks where they feel the event is happening again. How people respond to these normal reactions may make the difference between long-lasting symptoms and short-lived problems.

7 Tools for Managing Traumatic Stress (NAMI)
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other forms of traumatic stress can make life incredibly difficult and unpredictable. Intrusive thoughts and flashbacks can just show up without a moment’s notice, affecting your ability to function.

Coping When PTSD Brings You to a Dark Place (Military.com)
PTSD symptoms can bring people to a very dark place emotionally. Seeking professional help is a vitally important step in the PTSD recovery process.

8 Self-Help Tips for PTSD (The Recovery Village)
Self-help strategies, including meditating, engaging in exercise, seeking social support, and using aromatherapy can be useful for managing PTSD symptoms at home.

Coping With PTSD (Very Well Mind)
The effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be far-reaching and debilitating. The symptoms of PTSD can have a negative impact on your mental health, physical health, work, and relationships. You may feel isolated, have trouble maintaining a job, be unable to trust other people, and have difficulty controlling or expressing your emotions.

Five ways to cope with PTSD (Medical News Today)
Post-traumatic stress disorder is caused by witnessing or being part of a frightening or shocking event, and it can affect day-to-day life and productivity. In this article, we discuss a few ways that you can keep its symptoms under control.

9 Healthy Ways of Coping With PTSD Anxiety (Very Well Mind)
People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often struggle with frequent and intense symptoms of anxiety. These strong symptoms of anxiety often lead people with PTSD to rely on unhealthy ways of coping, such as through drug or alcohol use.