Night terrors, flashbacks, evenings spent in isolation. These are just some of the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). More than eight million Americans live with some of these symptoms – the reaction to a personally traumatic experience. It is estimated at least 600,000 post-9/11 veterans are part of that population living with PTSD.
PTSD can occur after witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event. For veterans, this can stem from combat, training, or military sexual trauma.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are four types of symptoms:
When these symptoms last for a month, it is considered PTSD.
First, know that you’re not alone. We are very sorry to hear you are struggling, but we believe no matter what you’re going through, with help you can find a future to look forward to. If you think you or a loved one has PTSD, please contact the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Resource Center at 888.997.2586 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will connect you with someone who can help. We’re stronger when we work together, so we collaborate with many other veterans service organizations to help veterans of all generations. Our Resource Center is always happy to work with veterans from all generations to connect them with resources specifically developed to help them.
WWP directs every hour, dollar, and action to helping warriors achieve their highest ambition. Some of its programs focus directly on treating PTSD and creating coping skills for wounded veterans of today’s generation. Individuals respond differently to trauma. They also respond differently to treatment. Here are a few of our mental health programs:
In addition to the above programs available through WWP, there are a number of options to address PTSD. VA provides free options for eligible veterans, including therapy. There are a number of ways to find a suitable veterans mental health therapist.
Organizations like The Mission Continues and Team RWB provide opportunities to connect with other veterans in different ways. PyschArmor has videos addressing the stigma and myths around PTSD. Whatever you need, there are resources available to help you plan a path forward.
First, let them know that acknowledging they may have PTSD shows they’re strong, not weak.