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June 18, 2012

As someone who has had to deal with PTSD, I think anything that can help others to understand it is helpful. It took a LONG time for me to even know I had it! I had the symptoms, but did not have a word for what I was experiencing.

Dr. Kathleen Young: Treating Trauma in Tucson

June is PTSD Awareness Month, and the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs are raising awareness about the problem, along with providing tools, information and assistance for service members who may be dealing with PTSD.

Of course, PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) does not only impact vets. PTSD, by definition, can follow any traumatic event. As I have written before, I  define traumatic event as one in which “The individual’s ability to integrate his/her emotional experience is overwhelmed or the individual experiences (subjectively) a threat to life, bodily integrity, or sanity.” (Pearlman & Saakvitne, 1995, p. 60).

Raising awareness about PTSD and the impact on veterans is important. I feel it is also crucial to acknowledge that many suffer from PTSD as a result of sexual assault, domestic violence, and all forms of childhood abuse.

Research suggests that veterans are more likely to develop PTSD when they have…

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