“Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is treatable.” Military health experts shared this message with more than 250,000 Twitter users during a live chat June 27. Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) hosted the event to connect with members of the military community to talk about stress and PTSD.
June 27 marked the 7th annual National PTSD Awareness Day recognized by the president. This is noteworthy because until recently, medical information or treatment for PTSD was very limited.
Today, we know that 149,000 active-duty service members received a PTSD diagnosis in the Military Health System from 2000 to 2014. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, 7.8 percent of Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their lives, with women twice as likely as men to develop the disorder.
Here’s a summary of the Twitter chat:
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Additional Useful Resources:
- What is PTSD?
- PTSD Treatment Options
- PTSD Fact Sheet
- Clinician's Guide to Medications for PTSD
- Sleep Optimization Strategies
Editorial note: Thank you Human Resource Performance Center, Real Warriors Campaign, North Carolina National Guard, Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program, Warrior Care, Guard Your Health, and all those who participated and helped bring awareness to PTSD. With your support, we estimate that portions of this chat reached more than 275,000 Twitter feeds.