Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

You might have experienced, or witnessed, a traumatic event that caused you to feel intense fear, stress or anxiety. For most, these feelings disappear over time. But when these feelings may continue for a month or more, or if they worsen over time, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

About 5.2 million Americans suffer from PTSD each year, and an estimated 7.8 million Americans will experience the condition at some point in their lives. PTSD can develop at any age, including childhood, and it can affect anyone of any race, ethnicity or gender.

Although PTSD symptoms seldom disappear completely, treatment can help you learn to cope more effectively. It can also lead to fewer, and less intense, symptoms, as well as a greater ability to cope by managing feelings related to the traumatic event.

Knowing when to ask for help can be difficult

If you find these tips aren’t helpful in coping with PTSD, or if PTSD continues to negatively affect your family, it might be time to seek professional help. Counseling is proven to provide relief for the stress you feel. Parkview Behavioral Health can help in time of need if you or your loved one is suffering from PTSD.

Call the Parkview Behavioral Health HelpLine at (260) 373-7500 or (800) 284-8439, anytime 24 hours a day. Our dedicated assessment specialists are available to guide you to the appropriate level of care – or resources – for your situation.