June is recognized as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that develops in some people after extremely traumatic events, such as combat, crime, an accident, or a natural disaster.
About 8 million people in the United States currently have PTSD and about 8% of women and 4% of men will have PTSD at some point in their lives.
PTSD may result in sleep problems, irritability, anger, recurrent dreams about the trauma, intense reactions to reminders of the trauma, disturbances in relationships, and isolation.
PTSD is very common and there are treatments available to help individuals who suffer from it. Treatment includes different types of trauma-focused psychotherapy as well as medications to manage symptoms.