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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness

PTSD Awareness Day: June 27th

June 27th is designated at PTSD Awareness Day in order to spread awareness about PTSD and how it affects people's everyday lives and the struggles one might experience due to the disorder. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape, or other violent personal assault.  

Symptoms of PTSD

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-V) symptoms of PTSD fall into the following different categories: 

  • Intrusion symptoms - repeated, involuntary memories; distressing dreams, or flashbacks of the traumatic event; flashbacks may be so vivid that individuals feel they are re-living the traumatic experience or seeing it before their eyes
  • Avoidance of stimuli - avoidance of distressing memories and external reminders
  • Negative alterations in cognition and mood - inability to remember event; persistent, negative beliefs or expectations about oneself (e.g. " I am bad," "No one can be trusted"); blaming oneself or others; detachment, fear, anger, horror, guilt, or shame; diminished interest or participation in activities;
  • Arousal and reactivity - irritable behavior and angry outbursts; reckless or self-destructive behavior; exaggerated startle response; problems with concentration; or sleep problems

Reference:

American Psychiatric Association (2013). Desk reference to the diagnostic criteria from DSM-5. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.

Additional Resources

Texas State University's Counseling Center offers many services such as counseling, crisis response, referrals, consultation with concerned others, stress management, coping with stress and anxiety, and many more for student veterans.

The Office of Veterans Affairs at Texas State University assists student veterans in their educational, professional, and vocational aspirations.

Student Support Services (SSS) at Texas State assists underrepresented students with the completion of their degree.  SSS provides one-on-one tutoring, workshops for college success, cultural enrichment activities, and many more!