Do I have PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms may start within three months of a traumatic event, but sometimes symptoms may not appear until years after the event. These symptoms cause significant problems in social or work situations and in relationships.
PTSD symptoms vary from Veteran to Veteran and are generally grouped into four types: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, or changes in emotional reactions. (2)
PTSD symptoms can vary in intensity over time. You may have more
PTSD symptoms when you're stressed in general, or when you run into
reminders of what you went through. For example, you may hear a car
backfire and relive combat experiences or you may see a report on the
news about a sexual assault and feel overcome by memories of your
(1) PTSDUnited.org, via National Institutes of Health, Department of Veteran Affairs, and Sidran Institute
(2) Mayo Clinic, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, web, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/basics/symptoms/con-20022540
(3) HelpGuide.org, What are the symptoms of PTSD in Veterans?, web, http://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/ptsd-in-veterans.htm
The VSG PTSD Support Group meets weekly to assist Veterans.
Meetings will start on a
on Thursday's from 6:30pm to 8:00pm and
will be held at
255 Racetrack Road in McDonough.
"Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a traumatic event. A traumatic event is a life-threatening event such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood."(1)
PTSD affects about 7.7 million American adults in a given year, though the disorder can develop at any age including childhood. According to the VA, experts estimate that up to 20% of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans,up to 10% of Gulf War veterans, and up to 30% of Vietnam War veterans have experienced PTSD. (1)
Veterans Support Group, Inc
Veterans Support Group, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing free assistance to
Veterans of all branches of service with service-related claims, providing guidance in obtaining
medical attention and housing, and through weekly support group meetings,assisting those
Veterans dealing with PTSD.