Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder in which a person struggles to recover after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. The condition may last months or years and may be characterized by triggers that can cause memories of the traumatic event to resurface, accompanied by intense emotional and physical reactions. Common PTSD symptoms include nightmares, unwanted memories of the incident, avoidance of certain situations, and more. Considering the trauma that many men and women witness during deployment, PTSD is common among veterans and active-duty members. In their honor, today we’re sharing more on PTSD Awareness Day 2022 and how you can participate.
The first mention of PTSD in known literature is in a poem written in 50 B.C. by Hippocrates. Also known as the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates was a Greek physician of the classical period who was best known for his books about medicine, of which he wrote almost 70.
He wrote a narrative about a soldier who struggled with PTSD-like combat flashbacks after a traumatic combat battle experience. Since then, PTSD has appeared in various writings, including writings about the Hundred Year’s War between England and France and even Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
A new understanding of PTSD came with the Civil War in the 1800s, as the disorder became widely known throughout the country. At the time, PTSD was known by various names, including “railway spine.” It wasn’t until the disorder was published in the medical journal The Lancet in February 1915 as “shell shock” that some understanding of PTSD was formally introduced.
Eventually, World War I highlighted the disorder, along with rudimentary treatments like electric shock therapy. It was in the 1950s when more modern treatments – like group therapy – were introduced.
The Vietnam War threw the disorder into the spotlight once again. This coincided with research done by psychologists on both Holocaust and sexual assault survivors, which helped prove that different kinds of trauma can contribute to PTSD.
Ultimately, PTSD was added to the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III) in 1980, officially being recognized as a mental health disorder. Today, it’s considered largely treatable.
Senator Kent Conrad recognized June 27th as National PTSD Awareness Day to honor a North Dakota National Guard member who had committed suicide after two tours of duty in Iraq. In 2014, the entire month of June was designated as National Awareness Month by the Senate.
Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the severity of PTSD. As with other mental health disorders, there’s also a lot of stigma surrounding PTSD that muddies the truth of the condition and makes it difficult for individuals with the disorder to reach out for help.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can observe National PTSD Awareness Day 2022:
Banyan Treatment Centers offers a Military and Veterans in Recovery program that offers mental health services for past and present service members. Our specialists utilize various evidence-based treatment modalities, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), to help clients with PTSD better understand their symptoms and learn how to cope with them in healthy and effective ways.
Our military rehab center also offers drug addiction treatment for veterans and active-duty service members to help individuals with co-occurring disorders or substance use disorders achieve recovery, as well. Mental illness and addiction often co-occur, and it’s normal for people who struggle with PTSD, depression, and anxiety to turn to drugs and alcohol to self-medicate.
No matter how long you’ve been struggling with mental illness or addiction, our military and veterans addiction treatment centers can help. Call Banyan Treatment Centers today at 888-280-4763 to learn how to get started.