National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) Awareness Month is commemorated annually in June. The month is dedicated to raising awareness of PTSD and how to access treatment. June 27 is also recognized annually as PTSD Awareness Day.
According to the National Center for PTSD, between 7 and 8 percent of the population will experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during their lifetime. Men, women, and children can experience PTSD as a result of trauma in their lives. Events due to combat, accidents, disasters, and abuse are just a few of the causes of PSTD. No matter the reason, PTSD is treatable, but not everyone seeks treatment, or some people seek treatment and they are denied benefits by their health insurer.
Common symptoms of PTSD might include:
- Disturbing memories, thoughts
- Trouble sleeping
- Feeling irritable or angry
- Having trouble concentrating
- Feeling hyper-vigilant or on guard for fear of danger
- Experiencing flashbacks or memories
As a part of National PTSD Awareness Month, it is important to help those who are suffering from PTSD find the resources they need access mental health treatment. Here are just a few resources available to learn more about PTSD:
- VA National Center for PTSD
- NIMH(National Institute of Mental Health)
- NAMI.org (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
At Kantor & Kantor we work to put an end to stigma surrounding PTSD and mental illness and we advocate for treatment and recovery. We are willing to stand up to the insurance companies when they deny treatment and we understand that living with a mental illness or PTSD is different for everyone.
If you or someone you know is suffering from a mental illness or PTSD and you are being denied benefits by your insurance, please call Kantor & Kantor for a free consultation at 800-446-7529. We understand, and we can help.